[OxygenOS 11 Open Beta 5 out] OnePlus 8 series Android 11 update enters Public Beta testing phase

This story is being continuously updated…. New updates are being added at the bottom…..

Original story (published on September 08, 2020) follows:

OnePlus is one of the few Android OEMs that enrolled their devices into the official Android 11 developer preview program. The OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro are the two devices that got the nod, both in China (HydrogenOS) and outside China (OxygenOS).

While the company initially expected to push three developer preview updates to the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro units, the duo ended up receiving another (fourth) update not long ago. As expected, this was to prepare them for the release of the public beta update.

Well, as of this writing, folks using the Chinese variants of OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro can now join the public beta program to try HydrogenOS 11 update based on Android 11 OS.

Dear refueling, thank you for the hydrogen OS 11 public test version of the look forward to and attention! This public test version is currently in the Google review process and may not be available on September 8 due to timely review process issues. The installation package will be attached later. Please be patient with the refuelers. Thank you very much.

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We already knew about the release of OnePlus Android 11 public beta update today. However, in the official release notes, the company notes that the software is still under Google review and as such, it may not be up for grabs today.

When the review process is done, the download link will be made available for those interested to try Android 11 update on their OnePlus 8 or 8 Pro units. Below is the official changelog as provided by OnePlus:

[System]
– A new UI visual design, with multiple detail optimizations for a more comfortable viewing experience.
– New weather page effects that dynamically switch background effects as the sun 30s and sunsets for a more immersive experience.
– Optimize the status bar brightness bar display and quickly adjust the down shortcut.

[Game space]
– New game mode toolbox to support a variety of quick actions such as turning on e-racing mode, actively evoking WeChat and QQ window modes (quickly turn on by pulling down the left and right corners of the screen in game mode)
– New game mode notification bar anti-touch function, when turned on, you need to pull down the top and click to eject the notification bar.

[The screen is displayed]
– New open-screen display feature with the option to time / turn on all day (set path: settings – display – open-screen)
– 10 new clock styles (set path: Settings – Personalization – Clock Style)
– New “Time” screen display custom style, designed in co-design with Parsons School of Design students, changes based on the length of time your phone uses data (set path: Settings – Personalization – Clock Style)

[Dark mode]
– Add a new dark mode shortcut switch and the pull-down shortcut setting will turn it on.
– Dark mode supports setting auto-on and time periods (setting path: setting-display-dark mode-auto-on-based to sunset/custom time on)

[禪 mode]
– Five new themes (Ocean, Space, Prairie, Zen Space 1, Zen Space 2) are added and a variety of length options are available.
– New multiplayer meditation mode is added to invite friends to meditate together.

[Album]
– Smart Week Review features intelligently generate videos based on footage to keep memories together.
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As already noted, this is the HydrogenOS 11 version of OnePlus Android 11 public beta update. Now that China has the nod to publicly try Android 11, it’s only a matter of time before the global OxygenOS 11 update also gets this same treatment.

We will let you know about it, but you can also keep an eye on our OnePlus Android 11 update tracker for the same.

Update 1 (September 17)

IST 17:14 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 2 (September 24)

IST 11:03 am: OnePlus has begun rolling out the OxygenOS 11 Open Beta 2 update for the OnePlus 8 and the OnePlus 8 Pro. The new update brings a bunch of fixes and optimizations and has also added the new Canvas feature that can automatically draw a wireframe picture based on a lock screen photo on your phone.

Changelog:

Note: since there is no separate Indian build for OB1, you may not see all India-exclusive features in this update

System
• Optimized some UI display in Settings
• Fixed the low probability issue that widgets did not respond
• Fixed the failure to wake up Google Assistant in some cases
• Fixed the issue that the HD icon on the call log interface was not centered
• Fixed the black screen issue when user entered “Tips & Support” interface
• Improved the system stability

Clock
• Fixed the issue that numbers disappeared in Timer under some special circumstances
Ambient display
• Newly added Canvas feature that can automatically draw a wireframe picture based on a lock screen photo on your phone. You can view it anytime without waking up the screen (Path: Settings-Customization-Wallpaper-Canvas-Choose photo preview and it can be generated automatically)
Network
• Optimize the power consumption of the Smart 5G
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In case you wish to manually install the OxygenOS Open Beta 2 update on your OnePlus 8 or 8 Pro, you can do so by downloading the update for your device(s) from the link(s) below:

  • Device: OnePlus 8
  • Channel: Global Stable
  • Version: OxygenOS 11 Open Beta 2
  • Android: 11
    • Type: Recovery
  • Device: OnePlus 8
  • Channel: Global Stable
  • Version: OxygenOS 11 Open Beta 2
  • Android: 11
    • Type: Recovery

Update 3 (September 25)

IST 12:47 pm: OnePlus has now begun rolling out the HydrogenOS 11 Public Beta 2 for the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro in China. The new update also brings the Canvas feature that came along with the OxygenOS 11 Open Beta 2 build along with a few improvements.

Changelog: Translated from Chinese

System
• Fix the problem of small probability of black screen when playing Bilibili in full screen
• Fix the problem of abnormal display of TikTok Extreme Edition
• Fix the small probability that the widget does not respond
• Optimize the UI display of part of the setting interface
• Improve system stability

Information screen display
• Newly added shadow painting function, which can automatically draw your lock screen photo into a dedicated wireframe (path: settings-personalization-wallpaper-shadow painting-select photo preview to quickly generate)
The function is still being improved. The current version only supports the generation of drawing shadows. The screen display will be updated in subsequent versions. Please continue to pay attention.

Clock
• Optimize some reminder text of alarm clock
• Fix the problem of missing timer numbers under certain circumstances
The internet
• Optimize the power consumption experience of smart 5G functions

Update 4 (September 26)

IST 11:37 am: OnePlus is now conducting a survey for OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro users who have tried out the OxygenOS 11 Open Beta 1 and/or Open Beta 2 update on their devices to collect user feedback. See all the details here.

Update 5 (October 03)

IST 11:51 am: OnePlus has released the Android 11-based HydrogenOS 11 Public Beta 3 update for the OnePlus 8 and the OnePlus 8 Pro in China, bringing it one step closer to the stable rollout.

Update 6 (November 04)

IST 01:57 pm: OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro beta testers in China are reportedly getting the HydrogenOS 11 Open Beta 4 update. This new version brings a few fixes and improvements as well as the October security patch.

Changelog (Translated from Chinese):

System
– Optimize the algorithm for stabilizing the number of frames, making the experience smoother
– Optimize background program management mechanism to improve standby performance
– Fix the problem that the input text is blocked in some games
– Update Android security patch to 2020.10
– Fix known issues and improve system stability

Information screen display
– Optimize the animation effect of drawing shadows, unlock the animation more natural
– Picture-in-picture now supports the constant light function of the interest screen (settings-interest screen display-interest screen display always on-choose to open all day to keep on display)

Meditation mode
Fix the problem that the system setting interface will stop running in a small probability in Zen mode

Update 7 (November 21)

IST 05:15 pm: OnePlus has now released the OxygenOS Open Beta 4 update for the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro. This new beta brings some optimizations and bug fixes to the system as well as the network.

Here’s the changelog for the update:

System
– Optimize the stability of the call
– Optimized system power consumption
– Optimized some UI display with Alarms
– Optimized the user experience with a split-screen of apps
– Fixed the issue that gaming frame rate decreased when pulling down the status bar

– Fixed the issue that NFC cannot be turned on in a small probability
– Fixed the issue that Play Store could not install the app
– Fixed the lagging issue with MX player
– Updated Android security patch to 2020.11

Network
– Fixed the low probability automatic disconnection issue with Wi-Fi

Update 8 (December 23)

IST 05:11 pm: OnePlus has released the OxygenOS Open Beta 5 update for OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro. The update brings a bunch of fixes along with the December security patch. Here’s the complete changelog:

Changelog

[System]
– Optimized the startup speed of some apps for a faster launch experience
– Fixed the small probability issue that receiving messages may delay
– Fixed the issue that the volume adjustment has a small probability of failure

– Fixed the small probability issue that the speaker doesn’t work
– Updated Android security patch to 2020.12
[Camera]
– Refresh the animation effects when activating the front camera

[Game Space]
– Newly added Rewind Recording where you can record the exciting moments in the game of past 30 seconds with just one tap (Swipe down from the upper left or right corner to quickly open in the Gaming Tools)
[Bluetooth]
– Fixed the issue that the call may freeze when receiving the phone when playing music via Bluetooth

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