At the August 3 event, OnePlus officially revealed its latest flagship smartphone, OnePlus 10T. Along with the new Android device, the company has also showcased its highly anticipated Android 13-based software wrapper – OxygenOS 13. The new OxygenOS version comes with a new design and many features. In this article, we discuss the new features offered by OxygenOS 13, supported devices, and software release date.
OxygenOS 13: New Features
OxygenOS is no longer the Android skin we used to know. Instead, the core of the operating system has now completely shifted to ColorOS, which means that the software is now jam-packed with a new design language and many more features. However, OnePlus says it won’t deviate from its “core product philosophy,” and OxygenOS 13 will offer a “fast, smooth, and burden-free experience” like previous versions. Here are all the new features of OxygenOS 13:
Starting with the design, OnePlus has given OxygenOS a new look which has been dubbed “Aquamorphic Design”. The company says that the new design of OxygenOS 13 is inspired by natural elements, such as water, hence the term “aqua.” It offers smooth, rounded edges across the user interface for a more “soothing” and enjoyable viewing experience.
OxygenOS 13 will be brighter in the morning and will “intelligently” turn a darker aesthetic in the evening as part of its “calming” approach to Android. In addition, some apps have been redesigned, and there are new fonts as well. The company also adds that it has improved software stability, and OxygenOS 13 should be able to deliver a smooth, stable and consistent experience.
Most OnePlus smartphones support the feature called Always On Display (AOD). This feature displays limited information while the phone is locked. Users can easily view the time, recent notifications, battery levels, and more. With OxygenOS 13, AOD mode gets a major upgrade.
OnePlus has partnered with Spotify to bring a custom widget to AOD mode that lets you view the song that’s currently playing, control playback, like the song, and do much more without having to unlock the smartphone. In some regions, such as India, the new AOD mode will also be able to display information from food delivery apps, such as a map with live tracking data and other information, all while the phone remains switched off.
Quick pairing and spatial audio
OxygenOS 13 also offers a number of audio-related features. OnePlus has added support for omnidirectional audio output, called Spatial Audio, and Dolby Atmos in OxygenOS 13. The company is also adding support for Fast Pair, a feature that lets you quickly connect your smartphone to wireless earbuds and other supported products. There is also an audio switching mode that makes switching between sources easy. Notably, these features will only be available on devices that have the necessary hardware.
OnePlus says OxygenOS 13 has many productivity features Simplify your workflow. First of all, the new software comes with a smart launcher that allows users to access the applications contained within folders without having to actually open them. It also includes a widget expansion feature that allows you to see more content once you perform the long-tap action.
Furthermore, OnePlus is also bringing the ColorOS sidebar feature to OxygenOS 13. Users can pin pre-installed apps and shortcuts (such as screenshot shortcuts, screen recording, etc.) to the sidebar menu for quick access. There is also a new small window mode that opens apps over other apps in a floating window. Overall, OxygenOS 13 offers several new ways to access and use apps.
OxygenOS 13 also includes two of the most beloved features of Android 13 – Nearby Sharing and App Streaming. The nearby device sharing feature, available on previous Android versions as well, allows you to wirelessly transfer photos, videos, files, and other files from Android and Windows devices in a jiffy. On the other hand, App Streaming allows you to send the content of your smartphone screen to nearby ChromeOS devices.
OxygenOS 13 also comes with several security features. The operating system will now alert users when dangerous apps or files are downloaded to their smartphone. A new feature protects your location information when connected to public Wi-Fi networks, and the operating system generally gives you more control over the data you share.
Private Safe has been upgraded to version 2.0 and now supports AES data encryption. For those unaware, Private Safe is a feature that allows users to lock sensitive files, photos, videos, and other data behind a passcode. The new version brings a tighter security protocol than before.
OxygenOS 13: Supported devices
Here is a list of all the devices that will be receiving Oxygen OS 13 in the near future:
- OnePlus 10 Pro
- OnePlus 10T
- OnePlus 10R
- OnePlus 9RT
- OnePlus 9R
- OnePlus 9 Pro
- OnePlus 9
- OnePlus 8T
- OnePlus 8 Pro
- OnePlus 8
- OnePlus Nord 2
- OnePlus Nord 2T
- OnePlus Nord C
- OnePlus Nord C2
- OnePlus Nord C2 Lite
Oddly enough, the OnePlus Nord N20, which was launched in the US earlier this year, did not make it to the list of OxygenOS 13-compatible devices. Another major omission is last year’s OnePlus Nord N200. Fortunately, Nord’s latest models will be updated to OxygenOS 13, albeit sometime in 2023.
OnePlus hasn’t given an exact OxygenOS 13 release date but does guarantee that the software will be available on the OnePlus 10 Pro sometime in Q4 2022. An Open Beta version will be available for download before the end of this week, with a stable build rolling out in the coming months. After the 10 Pro, OnePlus’ latest smartphone, the 10T, will be updated to OxygenOS 13.
The rest of the OnePlus models, including last year’s OnePlus 9 series, will receive the update in the first half of next year. What are your thoughts on OxygenOS 13? Do you like the new features? Let us know in the comments section below!
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