OnePlus 8 series smartphones get OxygenOS 11 Beta 1 Android 11 update

After months of Developer preview versions, Google earlier yesterday announced the roll out of the stable version Android 11, starting with Pixel phones. Now OnePlus has announced that their OxygenOS 11, based on Android 11, is releasing to the Open Beta channel to users of the OnePlus 8 series smartphones.

As expected from OnePlus, they are bringing a number of updates in OxygenOS 11 over the existing changes in Android 11. These include:

  • System
    • Fresh new UI visual design brings you more comfortable experience with various optimizations of details
    • Brand new weather UI supports dynamic switches between sunrise and sunset. You can have day and night at your hand now
    • Optimized the brightness bar display in status bar, enabling you to quickly adjust it by pulling down quick settings.
  • Game space
    • Newly added gaming tools box for convenient switches of Fnatic mode, WhatsApp, Instagram and Screen Recorder at one place (Enable it by swiping down from upper right/left corners of the screen in gaming mode)
    • Newly added mis-touch prevention feature. Enable it, swipe down from the top of the screen, click and the notification bar will pop out.
  • Ambient display
    • Added Always-on ambient Display function, custom Schedule / All day option included. Path: Settings – Display – Ambient Display.
    • Added 10 new clock styles. Path: Settings – Customization – Clock Style
    • Newly added Insight clock style, a joint creation with Parsons School of Design. It will change according to the phone usage data. ( To set: Settings>Customization>Clock Style)
  • Dark mode
    • Added the shortcut key for Dark Mode, pull down the quick setting to enable.
    • Supporting automatically turn on feature & customize time range. path: Settings – Display – Dark Mode – Turn on automatically – Automatically enable from sunset to sunrise / Custom time range.
  • Zen Mode
    • Added 5 new themes (ocean, space, grassland, Zen space1,Zen space2), and more timing options.
    • Included the Group feature in Zen Mode, now you can invite your friends and enable the Zen Mode together.
  • Gallery
    • Supporting Story function, automatically form weekly videos with photos and video in storage.

If you are interested in checking out the OxygenOS 11 Beta, you can head on over to the forum post for official download links. Keep in mind, this is Open beta and not the Stable variant, which means there are bound to be bugs throughout the system. We would strongly recommend against installing this on your daily smartphone, unless you do not mind dealing with the bugs.