Oxygen OS 12 released for OnePlus 8, 8Pro, 8T and 9R

OnePlus seems to have been going through a busy weekend since news just broke in the community forum that Oxygen OS 12 is officially ours and no longer in beta for four of the company’s devices – OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8 Pro, OnePlus 8T and OnePlus 9R. The package names are 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), OP9R: LE2101_11.C.14 (IN). These are all based on Android 12 and, as far as we can tell, share the same change:

  • 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 could not 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.
    • The newly added OnePlus Watch Card has been added to 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

OTA packages have started a phased rollout in the OBT (Open Beta) branch and should reach the stable branch soon. You can hit the source link, which leads to the OnePlus community forum and browse the corresponding topic for more information about the updates themselves.

OnePlus 8 Pro OxygenOS 12 update screen

OnePlus 8 Pro OxygenOS 12 update screen

As for OxygenOS 12, you can read our in-depth review of what may be the most polarizing iteration of the OnePlus Android flavor to be released in years. As a quick refresher, in case you missed some recent major events, OxygenOS 12 had to be pulled after a flood of bug reports and various issues from its initial rollout on the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro phones. The update has since been fixed and is rolling out again for a pair of devices, but without addressing the more serious underlying cause of much user and fan disruption.

Oxygen OS 12 released for OnePlus 8, 8Pro, 8T and 9R

Last year, OnePlus and Oppo decided to complicate their relationship again, seemingly in an effort to keep it increasingly opaque as possible by announcing the merger of OnePlus OxygenOS and Oppo into a unified operating system. One that was supposed to even get its own new name but ended up being shyly referred to as “OnePlus 2.0”.

The latest development in the saga mostly upends this unification plan, with OnePlus and Oppo announcing last month that instead of merging the two OS flavors, they will share a unified database and RnD but remain separate and maintain their own specific approach to user experience and user interface. Users have come to expect. Which for OnePlus and presumably OxygenOS 13 means a return to a cleaner, AOSP-like feel.

Oxygen OS 12 released for OnePlus 8, 8Pro, 8T and 9R

Unfortunately, before that happened, the Oxygen 12 was still pretty messy in more than a few ways and kind of a random mix between OnePlus and Oppo stuff. Then again, we’re far from the definitive authority on this, and you might find OxygenOS 12 quite enjoyable. You can probably expect a taste soon when the OTA arrives on your device. And if you’re not happy, OnePlus offers instructions for stepping back.

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