With its first Open Beta OxygenOS 12, OnePlus Nord 2 gets a taste of Android 12

With its first Open Beta OxygenOS 12, OnePlus Nord 2 gets a taste of Android 12

The very first Android 12-based OxygenOS 12 Open Beta build is now available for OnePlus Nord 2 users to download and install on their devices. A lengthy changelog details all that’s changing with the update, and there’s quite a bit to see here, both in terms of new features and tweaks to the interface. For starters, the dark mode now supports three different shades for backgrounds — Enhanced, Medium, and Gentle — for a more customized experience. There’s also a lot going on in the optimization department, making a lot of big promises, but we’ll have to actually see how the phone holds up to some punishing apps. Here’s the full list of changes from OnePlus:

You’ve probably heard the phrase “don’t fix what isn’t broken,” and that couldn’t be more true than when it comes to OxygenOS 12. Almost no one seems to enjoy the revised UI, which is mainly a rebrand of Oppo’s ColorOS, and the various glitches that developed as a result of the two platforms’ integration only contributed to the confusion. Users of the OnePlus Nord 2 may not be as excited about Android 12 as they should be owing to these remaining issues, but for those willing to take a chance, the time has finally come.

Highlights

  • Newly added Smart Battery Engine, a feature that prolongs battery life based on smart algorithms and biomimetic self-restoration technology Optimized AI System Booster to 2.1 for your system to run smoothly even when the load is high. Optimized desktop icons with improved textures, by using a design inspired by brand-new materials and uniting lights and layer. Optimized Extra HD, a feature that can significantly enhance image and video resolutions Of course, this is an early beta, and OnePlus has already warned of a couple of known bugs: face unlock may not work as intended in the dark depending on phone settings, and gamers can expect Fortnite to crash. It’s only safe to assume that more will be found. Additionally, OnePlus Nord 2 Pac-Man Edition users are recommended to skip the update since it would cause them to lose all the Pac-Man-themed goodies in OxygenOS 11 for that model — and really, aren’t those the whole point?