OnePlus 8, 8 Pro, and 9R finally got the Android 12-based OxygenOS 12 update

With fewer bugs than OnePlus 9 series

OnePlus is not the same company it used to be. She’s late to updating her devices to the latest Android version, and her software update commitment isn’t something to write home about either. OnePlus promised faster and more stable updates to its phones when it combined OxygenOS with Oppo ColorOS. However, OnePlus 9’s OxygenOS 12 release was a buggy mess with all major bugs resolved only with a recent software update. Now, the BBK-owned smartphone maker has turned its attention to the OnePlus 8 and 9R series and started rolling out Android 12 for them.

The stable release of OxygenOS 12 comes just a month after the release of the first open beta of the operating system for the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro. There are many changes and new features in the C.11 software architecture, including network and system stability improvements. If you are frustrated that the camera is not working properly in third party camera apps, then updating solves the problem. It also fixes the issue of apps closing randomly in the background in certain scenarios.


The full changelog of OxygenOS 12 for the OnePlus 8 series and OnePlus 9R, as shared with OnePlus, is as follows:

  • System

    • Desktop optimized icons with improved textures, using a completely new textures inspired design and unifying lights and layers

    • Fixed an issue where background apps would close abnormally in certain scenarios

    • Fixed an issue with lens permissions when using third-party camera apps Fixed an issue where the screen would not be able to respond when receiving notifications

  • dark mode

    • Dark mode now supports three adjustable levels, providing a more personalized and comfortable user experience

  • shelves

    • New additional style options for cards, making data contents clearer and easier to read

    • Newly added earphone control card with one-click adjustable bluetooth earphone

    • 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 the shelf, to easily look at your health stats

  • Balance life with work

    • Work Life Balance is now available to all users, allowing you to easily 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 and time, and provides custom app notification profiles according to customization

  • Gallery

    • Gallery now lets you switch between different layouts with a two-finger tap gesture, intelligently recognize the best quality images, and crop thumbnail based on content, making gallery layout even more interesting

  • AOD . cloth

    • Canvas AOD brings you new and varied font styles and colors, for a more personalized lock screen experience with inspiring images

    • Several brushes and strokes have been added recently and color adjustment support

    • Improved software algorithm and face recognition to better identify the features and skin tone of different shapes

  • network

    • Fixed an issue not being able to automatically connect to Wi-Fi

  • Bluetooth technology

    • Fixed an issue where wireless earbuds could not play audio when Bluetooth is connected in certain scenarios

Although, there are some bugs and issues with the current build. The clock widget may appear unusually small on the home screen – you will need to adjust its size manually or delete and add it again to solve this problem. Another minor bug is that the Contacts app may replace the Phone app in the dock, although it can be easily fixed.

Currently, Android 12 version is only available for users who have installed OxygenOS 12 Open Beta on their phones. A wider rollout for OnePlus 8 users on the stable channel will soon begin, although the EU version will be released later as it requires additional verification.

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