OnePlus remains true to its reputation as the “best OEM for Android” and is the first third-party manufacturer to deliver the final version of Android 11 to its phones. The big update began spreading to the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro over the weekend, just 32 days after the operating system hit Pixel phones. Some companies, including OnePlus, have participated in the Android 11 beta program, but this is the first stable version outside of Pixel phones.
For the OnePlus, Android 11 also brings turnover to its Android skin, and the title includes that after years of complaints, the company is finally adding a display mode that is always included with its smartphones. The always-on display almost never turns off and always shows the time and all notifications on your phone. The trick to do this without killing the battery is that OLED displays have pixel brightness control (unlike the backlight on the LCD screen), so black pixels can be turned off. With the minimal black and white interface, you can display important information at all times, while minimally affecting the battery.
We check our phones almost a hundred times a day to see things like hours or notifications, and if you’re sitting at a desk, a permanently on display allows you to do it all the time without even touching the phone. Having the most important information that is always available, hands-free, is something that is hard to give up after living with it, and here OnePlus has finally caught up with the competition. Google, Samsung, Motorola and LG have been delivering this feature for years, even on budget phones.
OnePlus has many different display designs always included, with several different styles of digital and analog clock. You can set the permanently on display to work only on schedule (so that it can be turned off at night) or turn it off completely if you are not well with the minimal battery drain that creates the function.
All the features of Android 11 are also here, such as a new permanent media player notification that lives in quick settings, one-time permissions, new emoticons, auto-fill keyboard, bubble support and notification history.
Now the remaining big problem that we have to overcome by OnePlus is the monthly security updates, instead of just two-month security updates.
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