OnePlus has announced that it has started testing the Android 12-based Oxygen OS 12 update for the OnePlus 9RT smartphone in India. The phone was first launched in China late last year, before debuting in India in January of this year.
The OnePlus 9RT shipped with Android 11 out of the box, and while users expected the company to deliver the new OS update on time, OnePlus only responded when Google is about to release Android 13.
According to announcement (opens in new tab) On the OnePlus community forum, users running Android 11 A.08 build on their phone will be able to download Android 12 beta – which also comes with the latest June 2022 security patch.
OnePlus 9RT Android 12 Beta Features
Needless to say, the new layout will be inspired by Android 12’s Material design and will be an overhaul in terms of design.
Among the most important features are three adjustable Dark Mode layers which allow the user to customize the dark mode setting as per their convenience. The new UI will also bring a Quick Launch feature that will detect frequently visited apps and preload them for quick access.
OnePlus says it has also optimized the auto-brightness algorithm so that the screen’s brightness can adapt to ambient lights and provide a comfortable reading experience. A new graph to display battery usage graphically has been added.
A lot of changes have been made to the shelf – which include new styling options for cards, a new headphone control card, access to the OnePlus Scout on the shelf, and the addition of a new OnePlus watch card. The two-finger pinch gesture has been added to the gallery app and a new Work-Life Balance feature has been added. This new mode allows users to easily switch between Work and Life modes and even supports automatic mode switching depending on the location, time or Wi-Fi network you access.
Android 12-Beta for OnePlus 9 RT also brings updates to AOD, adds a new game mode, optimized camera performance and much more.
Better late than never
Since this is still a beta version, this update is subject to bugs. Users who prefer stable performance over new features should ideally wait until the company releases the final version.
Either way, the fact that OnePlus took so long to release a Beta version of Android 12 for the OnePlus 9RT is disappointing. The company was once known for lightning-fast software updates.
The company also said that faster and more stable software updates were one of the benefits of its merger with Oppo – however, that was not the case.
In fact, cheaper Nord Lineup phones that were released after the OnePlus 9RT shipped with Android 12 out of the box. Furthermore, the company even introduced the next-gen OnePlus 10R with better charging specs and new operating systems just rubbed salt into the wounds of users who invested in the OnePlus 9RT.