[Update: Sept. 25] OnePlus Android 11 (OxygenOS 11) update: Eligible devices
New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…….
Original story (published on March 19, 2020) follows:
It has become customary for the Android fraternity to be treated to a new Android version every year and 2020 is no different. Sure, Android 10 is not even running on 10% of all Android devices, but Google is already working on the next iteration of the OS.
Dubbed Android 11 or Android R, the new OS came to life a few weeks ago when Google launched the first developer preview version. As the name suggests, this is meant for app developers who want to get their apps ready to work on devices running the new OS.
Android 11 developer preview 2 is already out and even though the Google I/O 2020 is no more, we still expect the first public beta to be available at around the same time that the event was to be held – May 2020.
But what about those who want the stable Android 11 update? When will it be released? Will your device receive the update once available? In this article, these are some of the questions we answer to the best of our knowledge, but with respect to OnePlus devices. Xiaomi user? Check here.
It’s worth noting that this info isn’t coming from OnePlus, rather, it is based on our team’s experience covering software updates for various devices, meaning changes may pop in at some point once the official details are out.
OnePlus devices eligible for Android 11/OxygenOS 11 update
Last year, OnePlus 6/6T and OnePlus 7 series were included in the original Android Q public beta testing program, so we expect at least the same number of devices in this year’s Android 11 public beta program – if not more.
Given that the then-new OnePlus 6/6T got the nod in the program, we can also assume that the current flagships from the company, OnePlus 7/7T and probably their Pro variants will also get into the upcoming Android 11 beta program.
On the basis of the OnePlus 7 getting into the Q beta program right after launch, we also expect the OnePlus 8 and probably its Pro variant to link up with the OnePlus 7/7T in the R beta testing program once the phones are released.
Sure, the OnePlus 6/6T should also get updated to Android 11, at least if OnePlus continues with its impressive streak of rolling out three OS upgrades. The duo already received the second OS in Android 10, but no, don’t expect Android R public beta testing, just like the current OnePlus 5/5T.
Android 11/OxygenOS 11 update stable release
Android Oreo and Pie stable versions arrived in August while Android 10 dropped in September. Granted, the stable Android 11 update should start hitting the Google Pixel 4 and co. at around the same time.
It took OnePlus about three weeks to push the stable OxygenOS 10 based on Android 10 to the OnePlus 7/Pro after Google released it. If anything, we expect this same timeline with respect to OxygenOS 11 update based on Android 11, but there can never be guarantees with software update timelines.
So, when exactly could this be? Well, your safest bet is somewhere in Q3 2020, at least for OnePlus 8 and perhaps the 7/7T devices. But first, let’s get past the coronavirus scare and when the time comes, we will let you know about the availability of the OxygenOS 11 update for your device.
Update 1 (June 11)
OnePlus has released the first Android 11 beta update for OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro smartphones. Head here for more details.
Update 2 (July 14)
The second Android 11 beta update for OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro is live. Find more details here.
Update 3 (July 28)
We’ve shed some more light on the Android 11 update for the OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T. Both devices might receive the stable Android 11 update in May of 2021. The information is also backed up by a Community Expert’s guess on when the OnePlus 6T may receive Android 11. Check out the detailed story here.
Update 4 (July 29)
OnePlus CEO, Pete Lau has dropped a hint on Twitter suggesting that OxygenOS 11 based on Android 11 will bring the highly awaited Always on Display (AOD) feature to OnePlus devices. See the full story here.
Update 5 (July 30)
Based on new information, it appears that OnePlus may enable support for 5G on the O2 network in the UK with the release of Android 11 (OxygenOS 11) on the OnePlus 8, 8 Pro, and the OnePlus Nord. See the full story here.
Update 6 (August 01)
According to a post on Weibo by OnePlus CEO — Pete Lau, the HydrogenOS 11 update will be arriving in China soon. HydrogenOS 11 is the Chinese equivalent of OxygenOS 11 that will release globally alongside Android 11. Check out more details here.
Update 7 (August 04)
Pete Lau, the CEO of OnePlus has now confirmed through a post on the company’s community forum that the final developer preview of OxygenOS 11 will be released on August 10. After this, the Android 11-based skin will be available for testing to all those interested via the Open Beta program.
Update 8 (August 06)
OnePlus is now teasing users with upcoming features that will arrive with the OxygenOS 11/HydrogenOS 11 update based on Android 11. The new features include the Zen Mode 2.0, dark mode with scheduling, an Always-on Display, and more. See the full story here.
Update 9 (August 11)
OnePlus has finally released the OxygenOS 11 (Android 11) beta 3 update for the OnePlus 8 and the OnePlus 8 Pro. This new update brings a bunch of new changes to the device and is being rolled out as an OTA to those who’re on the previous beta. See the full story here.
Update 10 (August 12)
OnePlus has added several new features with the Android 11 (OxygenOS 11) beta 3 update that it released yesterday. In case you want to check out most of what’s new with the update, head here to see the new features in action in a video.
Update 11 (August 14)
Certain applications that are available on OxygenOS 11 and HydrogenOS 11-based on Android 11 such as the ZenMode, Weather, and Gallery app seem to be running on OnePlus phones with Android 10. For more details on the matter, head here.
Update 12 (August 31)
IST: 06:30 pm: OnePlus has now started rolling out Android 11-based OxygenOS 11 beta 4 update for the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro. The update addresses several bugs and brings optimizations to the devices. For the detailed changelog, read the full story here.
Update 13 (September 02)
IST: 09:24 pm: According to recent reports, OnePlus will be adding Rich Communication Services (RCS) support in the OnePlus Messages app on OxygenOS 11. Furthermore, the Weather app from OxygenOS 11 is now available for all OnePlus devices running Android 10-based OxygenOS 10. Read the full coverage here.
Update 14 (September 04)
IST: 06:45 pm: With the release of the OxygenOS 11 developer preview 3 update, OnePlus introduced a new design language for its custom skin over Android 11. The company has offered some insights into why it made certain design changes that you can check out here.
Update 15 (September 08)
IST: 05:55 pm: OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro users with the Chinese variants can now join the public beta program to try HydrogenOS 11 based on Android 11. The update is currently being reviewed by Google before it can go live. See the full story here.
Update 16 (September 09)
IST: 10:19 am: Google has officially announced the release of Android 11 to the public. It has also stated that Android 11 will also be released for select OnePlus devices amongst devices from a few other OEMs.
Android 11 will begin rolling out today on select Pixel, OnePlus, Xiaomi, OPPO and realme phones, with more partners launching and upgrading devices over the coming months
IST: 12:45 pm: OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro Android 11-based OxygenOS 11 Open Beta program has now begun. Head here for the complete coverage.
Update 17 (September 10)
IST: 06:41 pm: OnePlus is yet to release Android 11 for the OnePlus 7 series, however, the devices have picked up the update via the latest Android 11-based CarbonROM 8.0 version. Further, it seems that the Indian variants of the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro will get the OxygenOS 11 Open Beta update soon. See all the details here.
Update 18 (September 11)
IST: 06:20 pm: OnePlus is planning to bring the front camera ring light feature officially via the official OxygenOS 11 (Android 11) build. Head here for the complete coverage.
Update 19 (September 12)
The OxygenOS 11 open beta update on the OnePlus 8 series (OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro) has broken the Google Assistant launch gesture (swipe from corner). What’s good is that one of the staff members has confirmed that the developers are working on this. Details here.
Update 20 (September 14)
IST: 06:00 pm: The OxygenOS 11 Open Beta 1 update brought along several bugs. Fortunately, fixes are in the works for certain problems such as the green tint, Spotify queue, Messenger bubble, and a few other issues. See more details here.
Update 21 (September 17)
IST: 03:49 pm: Thanks to third-party developers the Live Wallpapers brought with the Android 11 beta for the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro have now been ported to run on any Android smartphone with Android 8.0 Oreo or above. More details here.
IST 17:22 pm: OnePlus has officially released the Android 11-based HydrogenOS 11 Public Beta for the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro. Interested users in China can check out the new beta software by heading here.
Update 22 (September 18)
IST 01:57 pm: In a FAQ post on the company’s community forum, OnePlus has addressed some of the changes that are coming with its Android 11-based OxygenOS 11 skin and also stated that the Live Wallpaper animation bug will be fixed in upcoming updates. Full story here.
Update 23 (September 21)
IST 11:50 am: OnePlus was one of the first OEMs to rollout out the Android 11 beta for its flagships. However, older phones such as the OnePlus 6 will not get the update anytime soon. But enthusiasts can check out Android 11 on the OnePlus 6 thanks to the latest POSP ROM.
Update 24 (September 24)
IST 11:16 am: OnePlus has released the OxygenOS 11 Open Beta 2 update based on Android 11 for the OnePlus 8 and the OnePlus 8 Pro. This new update brings along a few fixes and improvements as well as the Canvas feature. More details and download links here.
Update 25 (September 25)
IST 12:55 pm: The Chinese OEM has now begun rolling out the Android 11-based HydrogenOS 11 Public Beta 2 for the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro in China. The update brings a few improvements and the new Canvas feature. To know more, head here.
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