As AP’s Karandeep Singh detailed in his hands-on a couple of months ago, these changes aren’t necessarily for the worst. In addition to all of the improvements brought on with Android 12, OnePlus has overhauled its dark mode with various levels, given its Notes app a total makeover, and reconfigured Shelf to be far more helpful than its previous iterations. Scout — the company’s universal search tool previously region-locked to India — is now available to all users globally, as are the Work-Life balance tools.
Although the company has yet to post official release notes on its forums, some users have reported getting the update as an OTA on their phones (via XDA Developers). Unsurprisingly, it looks a lot like the Open Beta software OnePlus released two months ago, complete with the company’s new “Burdenless Design” appearance. For anyone who didn’t join the test group, you might be surprised to find that many system tools — settings, theming, the app launcher, and more — are all pulled directly from ColorOS, following the unification of the two platforms earlier this year. It’s a process that’s set to be completed sometime in 2022, following the announcement of the forthcoming OnePlus 10 series.
It looks like the update is only out for phones in India so far, so EU and Global users will have to keep waiting a while longer for official word from OnePlus. For a company that has struggled in the past to deliver timely updates to its phones, it’s great to see new software hitting phones before the end of the year. Of course, with a controversial move to the ColorOS codebase, it’s unclear if current OnePlus users will be excited for the latest upgrade to their phone. Check out the complete list of patch notes available below.