OnePlus’ OxygenOS 11 will ship with two new major features, Always-On Display, and One-Hand mode. This information comes from a well-known tipster, and he’s backed by an official HydrogenOS video.
This may sound confusing to some of you, so let me explain. HydrogenOS is OnePlus’ official OS for the Chinese market. OxygenOS is the company’s global Android-based operating system.
Always-On Display & One-Hand Mode will be flagship features of OxygenOS 11
The two OS’ do look somewhat different, but they do share core features. Always-On Display feature is clearly hinted at in this video, while the One-Hand mode has been a long time coming for OxygenOS.
It is also worth noting that the company’s CEO pretty much confirmed that Always-On Display is coming to OxygenOS 11. He did that a couple of days ago.
Even some variants of OxygenOS beta received One-Hand Mode, but OnePlus decided to remove it for some reason. Perhaps the company wanted to polish it for the OxygenOS 11 release. That actually seems quite likely at this point.
In any case, if you take a look at the video below this paragraph, you’ll get to see HydrogenOS 11. This UI seems to be inspired by Samsung’s One UI to a degree, and by ColorOS as well.
OxygenOS 11 will probably look a bit different, closer to OxygenOS 10, in fact. OnePlus will probably add some new animations, and redesign some of its applications. Some Android 11 changes will be included as well, of course.
OxygenOS 11 will be based on Android 11, needless to say. OnePlus said that the very first beta of this new OS version will land soon. We don’t know when will the first stable build arrive, but we’re hoping that will happen as soon as September.
First stable build of OxygenOS 11 may drop next month
The very first stable build of OxygenOS 10 arrived in September last year, so… it makes sense. OnePlus will probably add some additional features that we’re unaware of.
Always-On Display and One-Hand Mode will probably be the company’s flagship features when it comes to OxygenOS 11, though. Those are the features the company will highlight at the announcement.
OxygenOS has been long regarded as one of the best implementations of Android, for a good reason. It remains to be seen if the company will continue that legacy. Things are not looking that great as OnePlus started including Facebook services as system apps on OxygenOS. That will hopefully change in the future.