OnePlus took a while to unleash OxygenOS 12 for its smartphones. While the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro were first served with the Android 12-based update, all other eligible flagships were left for a later date. Well, thankfully, the ball is finally rolling, even though it comes several months after the Android 12 release. Today OnePlus is rolling out the Android 12-based OxygenOS 12 with many new features for the OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8 Pro, 8T, and the OnePlus 9R. The only eligible flagships that are left behind are the OnePlus 7 and 7T series. Worth noting, however, that they are eligible for Android 12, but it will be their last update.
As aforementioned, the OxygenOS 12 update is reaching the OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8 Pro, OnePlus 8T, and OnePlus 9R. The updates come with package names as follows: OP8: IN2011_11.C.11 (IN), IN2015_11.C.11 (NA); OP8 Pro: IN2021_11.C.11 (IN), IN2025_11.C.11 (NA); OP8T: KB2001_11.C.11 (IN), KB2005_11.C.11 (NA) and OP9R: LE2101_11.C.14 (IN). These updates, obviously, bring the Android 12 version to the smartphones that were running previously Android 11-based OxygenOS 11. You can check a complete changelog for this update below.
OxygenOS 12 update changelog
OxygenOS 12 – System
- Optimized desktop icons with improved textures, by using a design inspired by brand-new materials and uniting lights and layers
- Fixes the issue that background applications are abnormally closed in specific scenarios
- Fixed the issue with lens permissions when using third party camera applications
- Fixed the issue of the screen cannot respond when receiving notifications
- Dark mode now supports three adjustable levels, bringing a more personalized and comfortable user experience
- New additional style options for Cards, making data contents more visual and easier to read
- New Earphone Control Card with Bluetooth earphone one-click adjustment
- Newly added access to OnePlus Scout in Shelf, allowing you to search multiple contents on your phone, including Apps, Settings, Media Data, etc
- Newly added OnePlus Watch Card in Shelf, to easily glance at your health stats
- Work-Life Balance feature is now available to all users, allowing you to effortlessly switch between Work and Life mode via quick settings
- WLB 2.0 now supports automatic Work/Life mode switching, based on specific locations, Wi-Fi network, and time, also bringing customized App notification profiles according to the personalization
- Gallery now allows you to switch between different layouts with a two-finger pinch gesture, intelligently recognizing the best-quality pictures, and cropping the thumbnail based on the content, making the gallery layout more pleasing
- Canvas AOD brings you new diverse styles of lines and colors, for a more personalized lock screen experience with inspiring visuals
- Newly added multiple brushes and strokes and support for color adjustment
- Optimized software algorithm and improved face recognition to better identify the features and skin color of different figures
- Fixed the issue that unable to automatically connect to Wi-Fi
- Fixed the issue that wireless earphones cannot play a sound when connecting Bluetooth in specific scenarios
OxygenOS 12 is rolling out in the gradual form
As usual, the OTA packages will roll out in a gradual form. Moreover, they’re still Open Beta Test updates. So, it may take a few days until they reach the stable branch. Now, the only flagships left are those under the OnePlus 7 series. The company may also bring the update for the eligible OnePlus Nord smartphones that are still running Android 11.
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Worth noting, that after criticism, OnePlus has decided to keep OxygenOS on OnePlus smartphones. Although OxygenOS 12 looks like a ColorOS branch, the new OxygenOS 13 will return to the stock Android experience. However, the company explains that core elements will still be available between ColorOS and OxygenOS. We’re not sure what that means just yet, but we expect more details soon, as Google is advancing with Android 13.