So far, OnePlus has been one of the fastest companies to provide Android updates for its devices. We are curious to see how this will change now that the company has more devices on its portfolio. When it comes to Android 11, the company already has the OnePlus 8T that came with it straight out of the box and the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro that currently are under the beta program. Just recently, the company has begun the rollout of the Open Beta 4 of its OxygenOS 11 variant of Android for the OnePlus 8 family. This isn’t a huge update packed with features. Instead, its focus is on fixing bugs and updating the security patch.
The new firmware brings a set of optimizations and fixes some bugs introduced with the previous build. The Android Security Patch level has been upgraded to November 2020, which is excellent. After all, many flagships in the market don’t have this security patch. The company optimized the In-cal stability, the power consumption that should help users to preserve more battery. The Alarm Screen also has been improved, and the overall user-experience of apps when working in the split-screen mode.
The bug fixes include an issue of frames dropping when pulling down the status bar during gaming. This can be annoying to watch and thankfully is now fixed. The company also addressed an issue that made NFC fail constantly. There’s a major bug that was preventing Play Store downloads from installing. Last but not least we have some bug fixes for MX Player.
The Open Beta 4 is stable enough if you want to give a go on Android 11-based OxygenOS 11. It already includes all the features introduced like Always-On Mode, Improved One-Handed use. There are also Bubble Notifications from Android 11, Device Controls from the Power Menu, and a new Conversations section in notifications. You can check the full changelog below (Via).
OnePlus 8 / 8 Pro OxygenOS 11 Open Beta 4 update changelog:
- Optimize the stability of the call
- Addresses system power consumption
- Optimizes the UI display with Alarms
- Optimized the user experience with a split-screen of apps
- Ad issue that gaming frame rate decreased when pulling down the status bar
- Fixes an issue with NFC
- Fixed the issue that Play Store could not install the app
- Fixed the lagging issue with the MX player
- Updated Android security patch to 2020.11
- Fixed the low probability automatic disconnection issue with Wi-Fi
Worth noting that users currently enrolled in the beta program will receive this update via OTA. The others running a stable OxygenOS 10 branch will need to manually flash this build.