[Updated: Jan. 24] OnePlus OxygenOS 12/ColorOS 12 (Android 12) update tracker: List of eligible & supported devices, release date and more

New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…….

Original story (published on February 20, 2021) follows:

Google has finally announced the availability of Android 12 for Developers to get started with optimizing their apps for the next major Android OS update.

Android 12 brings a bunch of new features and improvements including a revamped user interface that appears to be inspired by Samsung’s One UI design language.

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We’ve been keeping track of all the developments revolving around Android 12 and you can check them out by heading here.

While the release of the Android 12 Developer Preview has got most of us enthusiasts excited, some OEMs like OnePlus are still struggling with the Android 11 rollout.

Matter of fact, OnePlus has been left in the dust by other smartphone vendors such as Samsung, Oppo, and even Sony in regards to the availability of Android 11.

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Nevertheless, there are still many months left for the public rollout of Android 12 and you’re probably wondering whether or not your OnePlus phone is eligible for the update that should bring the OxygenOS 12 skin.

Well, OnePlus has made its software update plans pretty clear. For starters, the company would only seed 1 major Android update for the OnePlus Nord N series phones, whereas the OnePlus Nord and other flagships should get three major OS updates. More on this here.

This means that any OnePlus flagship that shipped with Android 9 Pie or later should be eligible for the update to Android 12.

Below is the list of OnePlus phones eligible for the update to Android 12:

– OnePlus 9
– OnePlus 9 Pro
– OnePlus 9R
– OnePlus 9RT
– OnePlus Nord

– OnePlus 8T
– OnePlus 8
– OnePlus 8 Pro
– OnePlus 7T
– OnePlus 7T Pro

– OnePlus 7
– OnePlus 7 Pro
– OnePlus Nord 2
– OnePlus Nord CE 5G

    Note: This list was last updated on October 22, 2021.

Since the OnePlus Nord N10 5G and Nord N100 came with Android 10 pre-installed, neither of the two will be getting Android 12, bummer!

The list shared above is based on past trends and current expectations. OnePlus has not yet shared an official list of eligible devices.

OnePlus OxygenOS 12 (Android 12) release date

Last year, OnePlus rolled out the Android 11 Developer Preview for the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro in June. Hence we can expect to see a similar timeline for the release of the Android 12 Developer Preview for the upcoming OnePlus 9 series.

However, the company has not yet divulged any details regarding its plans for Android 12. Once the Developer Preview program ends, it’s likely that OnePlus will kick-start the Android 12 Public Beta program.

The stable update should start rolling out to users within a few weeks from when Google rolls out the update to eligible Pixel phones.

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Android 12 release schedule

We’ll keep track of all further developments related to the upcoming Android 12 update for OnePlus devices that is expected to bring the OxygenOS 12 skin here so we’d suggest bookmarking the page to stay up to date on the status every day.

Update 1 (May 07)

IST 12:30 pm: OnePlus is reportedly working to bring a Theme Store in its Android 12-based OxygenOS 12 build. More on that in this OEF announcement.

Update 2 (May 19)

IST 10:56 am: Android 12 Developer Preview is available for OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro users but initial installers note that they’re unable to get past the setup process. For more on this and a potential workaround, check out our coverage here.

Update 3 (May 20)

IST 13:26 pm: A first-look video of Android 12 Developer Preview 1 running on the OnePlus 9 Pro reveals that this is an AOSP build of Android with little input from OnePlus. The update is barebones and has a few broken aspects.

Update 4 (June 03)

IST 18:15 pm: A new Android 12 Developer Preview build is now available for OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro with a hotfix. However, there are several known issues as well. Head here for more details.

Update 5 (June 16)

IST 19:40 pm: OnePlus CEO, Pete Lao, has recently said that OnePlus will moving for a deeper integration with Oppo for faster OxygenOS 12 (Android 12) and future software updates. More on that here.

Update 6 (July 23)

IST 11:35 am: In a recent post, OnePlus said that its working on some new features and enhancements. It is possible that these features might arrive with the OxygenOS 12 update based on Android 12. More on that here.

IST 06:16 pm: As per a recent report, OnePlus will allow users to control app throttling by adding a toggle for each app in the upcoming Android 12-based OxygenOS 12 update.

Update 7 (August 23)

IST 1:08 pm: A few more alleged details are emerging about the upcoming Android 12-based OxygenOS 12 for eligible OnePlus devices.

According to reports, the OxygenOS 12 Initial Features may include

– Theme Store
– Floating Window
– New Privacy Settings
– Based on Android 12
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It is also coming to light that OnePlus is already recruiting OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro owners for a closed beta testing program with Public Beta set to begin next month.

Update 8 (September 02)

IST 3:32 pm: Thanks to post on Weibo, we now have an idea of how OnePlus plans to push out Android 12-based ColorOS 12 to its devices.

According to the OnePlus ColorOS rollout schedule announced for China, the OnePlus 8 series will bag the public beta version sometime in early 2022 with the stable version expected in H1 2022.

For users of the OnePlus 7 series, the public beta version should come in the middle of 2022 and the stable version in second half of 2022.

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Update 9 (September 08)

IST 12:20 pm: According to a recent announcement made on the Chinese Oppo Community, Oppo is expected to unveil its Android 12-based ColorOS 12 update in mid to late September.

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Since newer OnePlus devices in China are also moving over to ColorOS, users can expect to get a glimpse of the ColorsOS 12 (Android 12) update for eligible OnePlus devices during the same time.

Update 10 (September 15)

IST 07:20 pm: As per a recent announcement from the official ColorOS Weibo account, registrations are now open for the ColorOS 12 Early Access program in China and those with OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro can enroll in the initiative.

Update 11 (September 16)

IST 06:06 pm: Oppo unveiled its ColorOS skin today and with it, also confirmed that the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro will get the public beta update for ColorOS 12 in October.

Unfortunately, OnePlus 9R folks will have to wait until next year along with OnePlus 8 series and OnePlus 7 series users who will get the update later next year.

Update 12 (September 18)

IST 03:25 pm: OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro users in China who registered for the early adopter update have reportedly begun receiving the Android 12-based ColorOS 12 update. The update bears the build number A.08 and weighs 4.61 GB.

Update 13 (September 27)

IST 01:25 pm: An image has surfaced online, purportedly showing the OnePlus 9 Pro International variant (Indian unit), running a version of Android 12-based ColorOS 12.

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Update 14 (September 28)

IST 04:36 pm: A new Android 12-based Developer Preview update has begun hitting OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro units.

The update brings a bunch of improvements and fixes but still has some bugs and issues, which is to be expected. More on this here.

Update 15 (October 2)

IST 09:19 am: T-Mobile has revealed that Android 12 is being developed for the OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8T+ 5G, OnePlus 9, OnePlus 8 Pro, OnePlus Nord N200, OnePlus 7T, and OnePlus 7T Pro.

Update 16 (October 4, 2021)

IST: 11:03 am: Android 12-based ColorOS 12 limited recruitment is reportedly now open in China.

In this program, Oppo and OnePlus users with eligible devices which include the Oppo Find 3 Pro, Find X3 Pro Mars Exploration, Find X3, OnePlus 9 Pro 5G, and OnePlus 9 5G, can take part.

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Update 17 (October 5, 2021)

IST: 08:35 am: OnePlus has kick-started the OxygenOS 12 (Android 12) open beta program for its 2021 flagships — the 9 and 9 Pro.

Here are the key changes with the first open beta update:

System
– Optimized desktop icons with improved textures, by using a design inspired by brand-new materials and uniting lights and layers
Dark mode
– Dark mode now supports three adjustable levels, bringing a more personalized and comfortable user experience
Shelf
– New additional style options for Cards, making data contents more visual and easier to read
– Newly added 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
– 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
– 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
– 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

IST 11:43 am: Reports now indicate that ColorOS 12 based on Android 12 is now available for users of the OnePlus 9 5G and OnePlus 9 Pro 5G in China as the Public Beta program commences.

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Update 18 (October 18)

IST 1:02 pm: OnePlus is pushing out Android 12-based ColorOS 12 Open Beta 2 for users of the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro in China.

Update 19 (October 20)

IST 06:22 pm: Those of you who wish to see all that’s new in OxygenOS 12 but screenshots aren’t cutting it, then here’s a detailed video that you can check out to see what’s new in the new skin.

Update 20 (November 05)

IST 10:22 am: OnePlus has started the beta program for Android 12-based ColorOS 12 for the OnePlus 9R in China.

Update 21 (November 10)

IST 04:21 pm: OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro users who signed up for the ColorOS 12 Open Beta program in China are getting a new update as version C.31. Head here for more.

Update 22 (November 12)

IST 11:35 am: Oppo is once again reportedly calling on users of the OnePlus 9 series in a recruitment program for Android 12-based ColorOS 12 Beta.

Update 23 (November 13)

IST 11:25 am: OnePlus begins Android 12 based OxygenOS 12 closed beta testing for OnePlus 8 and 8T users. The company will accept 200 testers for OnePlus 8/8 Pro and 200 for OnePlus 8T. Check details here.

IST 04:40 pm: OnePlus releases OxygenOS 12 Open Beta 2 for OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro users. The new beta build comes with bunch of fixes and optimizations.

Update 24 (November 26)

IST 11:01 am: OnePlus has just announced the release of the stable version of Android 12-based ColorOS 12 for users of the OnePlus 9 series of devices in China.

Update 25 (December 07)

IST 11:39 am: OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro users are an excited lot as the company is reportedly pushing out stable Android 12-based OxygenOS 12 to them, starting with India.

Update 26 (December 08)

IST 10:30 am: The full build of stable Android 12-based OxygenOS 12 is now available for users of the Global and EU users of the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro. More on that here.

IST 7:30 pm: Many OnePlus users who updated to OxygenOS 12 say that they want to ditch the brand due to its close resemblance with ColorOS. More on that here.

Update 27 (December 09)

IST 6:30 pm: It looks like after updating their devices to OxygenOS 12, the About Phone section one OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro is showing incorrect CPU information. The phone shows that it is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 instead of Snapdragon 888.

Update 28 (December 10)

IST 03:43 pm: OnePlus posted a video on YouTube a couple of days ago announcing the release of OxygenOS 12 for the OnePlus 9 series. The video showcases all the major new features that can be found in the new skin that’s basically ColorOS 12. Check it out below:

Update 29 (December 11)

IST 01:41 pm: In a statement to Android Police, OnePlus confirmed that they’re aware of the various bugs and issues plaguing the stable OxygenOS 12 release and are halting the rollout. An improved build can be expected soon.

Update 30 (December 13)

IST 10:15 am: OnePlus has created OxygenOS 12 Q&A thread where users can check all the latest changes made in its Android 12 update and how to access them. Check here.

Update 31 (December 15)

IST 06:30 pm: Even though, reports say stable Android 12 based OxygenOS 12 rollout is halted due to some issues, OnePlus support states that it’s rolling out and will continue to roll out incrementally.

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Update 32 (December 18)

IST 10:22 pm: OnePlus again resumed the stable OxygenOS 12 rollout for OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro. The new version is now rolling out for eligible devices that bring bug fixes, improvements, and more.

Update 33 (January 15)

IST 02:40 pm: OnePlus launched the 9RT in India a day ago and sadly the device comes with Android 11 out of the box.

Moreover, in its marketing on Amazon, the company mentions that the OxygenOS 12 update based on Android 12 will go live for the device sometime between March and April.

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Update 34 (January 17)

IST 10:33 am: OnePlus has reportedly started ColorOS 12 public beta program for OnePlus 8, 8 Pro, and 8T devices in China. Those interested can participate and experience the new OS.

Update 35 (January 22)

IST 06:08 pm: A OnePlus Staff member claims that they will take the Omoji and separate volume feature into consideration for OxygenOS 12.

Moreover, the staff member also said that they’ll be adding some more stuff to the OxygenOS 12 such as UI design, gestures, and personalization in future.

Update 35 (January 22)

IST 12:14 pm: Responding to a user’s query regarding the grid layout in the launcher, a OnePlus staff member said they currently don’t have any plans to add any more grid layout but they will take it into consideration.

NOTE: This table is being updated regularly.

Device BETA STABLE Notes
OnePlus 9 Released Resumed Open Beta 2
OnePlus 9 Pro Released Resumed Open Beta 2
OnePlus 9R Released (China) Released (China)
OnePlus 8 Registration begins ColorOS 12 open beta available in China
Closed beta
OnePlus 8 Pro Registration begins ColorOS 12 open beta available in China
Closed beta
Device BETA STABLE Notes
OnePlus 8T Registration begins ColorOS 12 open beta available in China
Closed beta
OnePlus 9RT Stable expected in March/April

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