OxygenOS 11 Will Finally Bring Always-On Display To OnePlus Handsets

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It is quite clear now, OnePlus will finally bring an always-on display feature to its smartphones, as part of the OxygenOS 11 update. The company’s CEO, Pete Lau, teased this via Twitter.

He simply wrote “11 ‘on display’”, and along with it, he shared one of the possible always-on clock options. He did not specifically mention AOD (Always-On Display), but it’s quite obvious what he meant.

That’s not all, as OnePlus shared some always-on display designs via Weibo, basically confirming the feature is coming. Do note that these designs are aimed at HydrogenOS though, not OxygenOS.

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HydrogenOS is OnePlus’ Android skin for its smartphones in China, but you can expect similar designs on OxygenOS as well. You can check out those designs by clicking here.

Always-On Display coming alongside OxygenOS 11, soon

Always-On display has been one of the most requested features for OxygenOS. OnePlus has been promising that the feature is coming for quite some time now, and it finally seems to be right around the corner.

Back in March, the company officially added AOD to its software roadmap. The company’s OxygenOS operations staff member, Gary C., said that the company is working on “fine-tuning AOD to make sure it is perfectly optimized”.

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The company said that AOD would have arrived sooner if not for power consumption roadblocks. It had considerable battery drain, and the company wanted to take care of that before rolling it out.

It seems like the company ironed out the kinks, or is at least close to doing so. OxygenOS 11 Open Beta is coming soon, and this feature may be included in it.

A stable build of OxygenOS 11 may arrive as soon as next month

OnePlus did release a stable OxygenOS 10 build in September last year, so a stable build of OxygenOS 11 may arrive next month. That is actually in line with Android 11’s arrival as well.

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OxygenOS is lauded as one of the best iterations of Android. Some even claim it’s better than stock Android. That’s high praise for OnePlus’ software, and many people are waiting to see OnePlus’ take on AOD.

OnePlus has hopefully managed to figure out the whole power consumption problem, as the AOD display feature on other phones is quite power-hungry. There’s really no point in using it if it will considerably drain your battery, though it’s always good to have options.