In a surprising turn of events, Google released the final version of Android 12 today. However, the newly released OS isn’t downloadable on any of the supported smartphones, not even on Google’s own Pixel lineup.
Meanwhile, OnePlus announced that it will be among the first brands to bring Android 12 to its devices. Although we’re talking about an open beta build, it’s still better than nothing. The only eligible smartphones at the moment are the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro.
The first OxygenOS 12 Open Beta comes with a very long changelog and, thankfully, a rather short list of known issues. If you don’t mind installing beta software on your smartphone, here is what you’ll get with Android 12 if you own a OnePlus 9 series flagship:
- Optimized desktop icons with improved textures, by using a design inspired by brand-new materials and uniting lights and layers
- Dark mode now supports three adjustable levels, bringing a more personalized and comfortable user experience
- 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 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 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 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
As mentioned earlier, there are also some known issues that will probably be fixed in future updates. Until then, here is what won’t work as intended in this OxygenOS 12 Open Beta build:
- Some third-party apps haven’t been adapted to the latest Android version and may not function properly
- Camera might be stuck and unstable sometimes
- Texts and calls might not be able to be received
- Bluetooth earphones may fail to connect and play music
- Information about the CPU is incorrectly displayed
- Buttons in Gallery might not function properly
- Screen recordings may not be saved in some instances
You’ll need a minimum of 3GB storage space for this update, but also need to make sure the battery level is above 30%. The download links for these open beta builds have been posted on OnePlus’ forums, but make sure to pick the correct one for your OnePlus 9 series phone.