OxygenOS received quite the visual overhaul last year with version 11, borrowing some design elements from One UI to improve one-handed use. The OnePlus 7 series was late to the Android 11 party, only getting the update in March — six months after Google released it for Pixel devices. Despite the wait, there are plenty of new features and improvements in OxygenOS 11, and now the T-Mobile version of the 7 Pro and 7T are getting a piece of the action.
OnePlus waited until January to announce OxygenOS 11 would be coming to the 7 and 7T series, four full months after Android 11 went public. Following the usual round of beta testing, a stable build of OxygenOS 11 is now available for the OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro, bringing several enhancements to the phones — along with some unexpected bugs and missing features. Meanwhile, the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro got a fourth open beta over the weekend, hinting that a final version should be on the way soon.
It's been a little less than two years since OnePlus introduced Fnatic Mode on the OP7, christening its high-performance gaming mode after the pro esports team of the same name. It later spread to other models older and newer with the same label. But apparently the licensing deal between OnePlus and Fnatic has ended, and the most recent software updates have changed the label.
The release of the OnePlus 9 series might be on the horizon, but older OnePlus phones still have specs that allow them to compete with today's flagships. The OnePlus 7T debuted back in 2019 with 128GB of storage, 8GB of RAM, and a hefty 3800mAh battery, and right now it's on sale for just $349.99 at B&H — a price that's $50 cheaper than OnePlus's own current clearance deal.
For owners of OnePlus 7 and 7T series phones, the wait for the Android 11-based OxygenOS 11 update has been endless. Yesterday we got one step closer, though, as OnePlus released the third Open Beta for the upcoming software release, featuring a pair of identical changelogs loaded with bug-fixes and bringing us one step closer to a stable release.
After a bit of a hold-up, the OnePlus 7 and 7T series finally picked up their first OxygenOS 11 betas around mid-January. While the update included a host of nifty features, including the 8T’s spruced-up interface, one notable thing it left out was the always-on display function. Thankfully, the second beta adds that missing feature but with an unfortunate caveat — it's limited to the Pro models.
OnePlus is currently hard at work bringing Android 11 to the 7 and the 7T series, and that's where it'll focus its development efforts going forward. The company has announced that it's releasing one final OxygenOS 10 update before owners can expect the Android 11 firmware.
OnePlus used to be known for speedy Android updates, but those days have long since passed. While Samsung has already started updating mostofitsrecentflagships to Android 11, the same update has only arrived on two OnePlus phones (the 8 and 8T). OnePlus has now shared a status report on the OxygenOS 11 rollout, providing a rough timeline for the months ahead.
The Android 11 update for the OnePlus 7 and 7T series of phones will be delayed, according to an announcement made to the company's Chinese forum. This contradicts the earlier leaked schedule that indicated a December release date. Given we're halfway through December, that almost certainly means it won't land until next year.