OxygenOS 13, based on Android 13, announced: Check features, compatibility

OxygenOS 13, based on Android 13, announced: check features, compatibility

Aug 05, 2022, 03:10 AM
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OxygenOS 13, based on Android 13, announced: check features, compatibility
OxygenOS 13’s design transitions match the time when you use the smartphone (Photo credit: OnePlus)

OnePlus has announced OxygenOS 13, the company’s custom skin based on Android 13.

The new user interface introduces several improved design, accessibility and security features. It brings redesigned Always-on screens, a smart launcher, a widget toolbar and Private Safe 2.0.

Here you can see the list of supported smartphones and the features that this update brings out.

Why does this story matter?

  • OnePlus has made significant changes to its Android skin by integrating OxygenOS core code with OPPO’s ColorOS.
  • It could have been done for a good reason. But compared to the previous versions, the appearance of OxygenOS seems to have changed.
  • The update will roll out to all eligible OnePlus and Nord smartphones once the stable version of Android 13 arrives later this year.

The update offers a new “Aquamorphic” design

The design language of the OxygenOS 13 seems inspired by water and nature. The new skin introduces soft and rounded edges across the entire user interface.

It brings minimalistic app icons, animations, and a range of shapes and textures.

The devices will adopt a new Little Blue and Orange color theme upon getting the update, but this is always subject to change.

It introduces new AoD modes

The OxygenOS 13 adds new Always-on display (AoD) modes, along with some popular AoD displays from older skin versions like Insight AoD.

The update also allows users to control playback directly from the AoD screen, for apps such as Spotify.

In India, with this new firmware, the company has added Zomato and Swiggy’s food delivery tracking to the AoD display.

With OxygenOS 13, the folders and their contents now appear larger, meaning you can open apps in a merged folder without opening the folder itself.

A new sidebar has also been added to the home screen. Users can pin quick app shortcuts and pull out the sidebar to access these shortcuts when needed. The sidebar also gets some pre-installed apps and tools.

The new skin introduces spatial audio support

The OxygenOS 13 adds Spatial Audio support to eligible devices. This provides users with a more immersive audio experience. The software also offers support for Dolby Atmos.

The update allows users to seamlessly connect to supported wearables via Fast Pair. There is also an Audio Switch feature that helps to easily switch between two audio devices.

Private Safe 2.0 serves as a virtual locker

The OxygenOS 13 automatically warns users about malicious applications and other files.

It keeps crucial user information such as your location safe when connected to a public Wi-Fi network.

There are several other Android 13 based security features along with Private Safe 2.0 which acts as a virtual locker to keep the files safe from spyware.

OxygenOS 13: Compatible Devices List

The OxygenOS 13 update will be available for all eligible OnePlus and Nord phones later this year. They are as follows:

OnePlus 10 Pro, 10T and 10R

OnePlus 9, 9RT, 9R and 9 Pro

OnePlus 8, 8T and 8 Pro

OnePlus Nord 2, 2T, CE, CE 2 and CE 2 Lite

However, the release timeline has not yet been announced.

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