Android 11 finally arrives on the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7T series

All the noise has been around the OnePlus 9 series, which is set to debut on the global stage tomorrow. For users of certain older OnePlus phones, however, some good news has surfaced ahead of time: the Android 11 update is finally becoming available to users of the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7T series. Previously, the OxygenOS 11 build was pushed to the OnePlus Nord, along with the OnePlus 8 lineup of flagship phones.

The update for the OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro was announced on the official OnePlus forums, with the full changelog as follows:

  • System
    • Update to OxygenOS 11 version
    • Fresh new UI visual design brings you a more comfortable experience with various optimizations of details
    • Optimize the stability of some third-party applications and improve the experience
    • Updated Android Security Patch to 2021.02
    • Updated GMS package to 2021.01
    • Since this is the upgrade of Android 11 version with many new features, the upgrade time may be longer. Please wait for the completion of the upgrade
  • Camera
    • Updated the camera UI and optimized some of the function paths to offer more convenient operation
    • Newly added HEVC codec to reduce video storage size seamlessly, capture and shoot more without compromising on quality
    • Newly added access to a third-party app to share the picture by pressing and holding it in preview
    • Newly added the quick access to recording mode by pressing and holding the shutter button and by sliding the button, you can easily zoom in or zoom out
    • Newly added the playback display in Time-lapse mode to show the actual filming time
  • Ambient Display
    • 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 on ambient display)
    • Newly added Canvas feature that can automatically draw a wireframe picture based on a lock screen photo on your phone(Path: Settings – Customization – Wallpaper – Canvas – Choose photo preview and it can be generated automatically)
  • 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)
  • Game Space
    • Newly added gaming tools box for convenient switches of Fnatic mode. You can now choose three ways of notifications: text-only, heads up and block, just for your immersive gaming experience
    • Newly added quick reply feature in a small window for Instagram, WhatsApp and Telegram (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
  • Shelf
    • Newly shelf interface design, the interface is clearer
    • Added weather widget, animation effect smarter
  • Gallery
    • Supporting Story function, automatically form weekly videos with photos and video in storage
    • Optimize the loading speed of the gallery, and the image preview is faster
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OnePlus has confirmed that the OTA update will be released in stages, with a limited number of users first given the update to ensure that there are no “critical bugs”. Then, a broader rollout of the update will happen over the next couple of days. The rollout is not based on regions, and is instead being randomly sent to various devices. This means that using a VPN will not help you get the update quicker, so keep in mind that you’ll have to be patient.

Meanwhile, XDA Developers has confirmed that the global update is also similarly being pushed in stages to the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro, which should come as good news to users of the old(er) flagships from the company.

On the flip side, Phone Arena reports that there have been a substantial number of complaints about the new OxygenOS 11 update, primarily focusing on the camera app. However, these bugs will likely be ironed out in future updates—or before a wider release is rolled out—and the update will also have the February 2021 security patch for Android.

On my OnePlus 7T Pro in Malaysia, I have yet to receive the update as of the time of writing. If you’ve gotten the update, do share the information with us in the comments below—along with your experience with any possible bugs or issues. Check if you’ve received the update by opening Settings > System > System updates.

To read OnePlus’ official announcement, click here.

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