OnePlus 8 and other OnePlus phones are getting the always-on viewing option that fans have requested.
We know this thanks to the announcement of HydrogenOS 11, OnePlus’ only operating system in China. The main difference between HydrogenOS and OxygenOS (the operating system used by all other countries) is that HydrogenOS does not use Google Mobile Services, something most Western Android users would lose without.
You can see what it looks like in action thanks to this video, shared by tipster Ishan Agarwal. Because the two operating systems share significant amounts of DNA, this clip is a good insight into what OnePlus devices will be able to do in just a few months.
Official video of OnePlus̵7;s HydrogenOS 11 for China. Expect OxygenOS 11 to be strongly affected by it but with Google Play Services. New Always on screen, animations and use with one hand. #OnePlus # HydrogenOS11 pic.twitter.com/IbdXKrj7egAugust 10, 2020
The emphasis is on the introduction of an always-on-screen, which had recently been leaked. This is a common sight on other Android phones, such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 20, which was just launched last week. However, OnePlus has often proved stubborn when it comes to introducing other features such as IP resistance rating and wireless charging, common on competing phones, making this a significant feature for the company.
Along with the redesigned interface and the introduction of a one-handed mode that is also shown here, there is no guarantee that all these changes will come over. But given the requirement that it has existed, there is not really a good excuse for OnePlus not to make the changes come alive for all users.
OnePlus has also just released its final developer preview of OxygenOS 11. This is not something you will find automatically downloading on your own OnePlus device yet, as it is intended for developers and enthusiasts to try and test startup.
OxygenOS has a good reputation among Android users, thanks to its mobile design that only adds small changes to the share Android experience you would get with, say, a Pixel phone. While Samsung’s One UI comes with a lot of bloatware in the form of Samsung-specific apps, it also includes many handy features, such as a display option that is always on, which is so far missing from OnePlus phones.
With Android 11 (the base for OxygenOS 11) almost complete according to Google’s timelines, we’ll probably see the latest version of Android appear first in the OnePlus 8T series. The update will come to OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8 Pro and OnePlus Nord shortly after, at least based on OnePlus’ rapid implementation in previous years.