Oneplus just released the third open beta for the 8 and 8 Pro, bringing various bug fixes for the Ambient Display and Zen Mode and making Canvas compatible with the new always-on Ambient Display. There's nothing especially exciting here — mostly just bug fixes and optimizations — but it should make for a more stable experience altogether.
Paying via NFC with Google Pay is more convenient, safe, and hygienic than swiping a payment card through a seldomly cleaned payment terminal. These days, almost every flagship phone includes the NFC interface required for Google Pay to function. But that doesn't guarantee that tap-to-pay will actually work. Recently, issues have popped up on the Galaxy Note20 Ultra and the Pixel 5 — but it looks like this problem might be much more far reaching.
OxygenOS 11 is OnePlus’ Android 11-based, totally revamped software skin, following in the design philosophy of Samsung’s One UI to allow for better one-handed use on big phones. After what was a relatively short beta cycle, OnePlus has decided to go ahead with releasing the stable version of Android 11 to its latest flagships ahead of next week's 8T event. The OxygenOS 11 update is now rolling out first to the 8 Pro and 8, while older models will have to wait a little longer for their turn.
OnePlus phones are among the most powerful around and sport high refresh rate displays, so it makes sense to target mobile gamers. There are already a number of titles that can be played at 90 or 120 frames per second, and now Fortnite is joining the list. A new partnership with Epic Games sees the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro as the first mobile devices to run Fortnite at 90 FPS.
OnePlus is on the verge of releasing another flagship, but new hardware isn't the only thing coming soon. Zen Mode debuted last year and is now gaining new features worthy of a 2.0 label, including support for group rooms so you can disconnect together and five new themes that bring a revamped look and feel to the experience.
Though stable Android 11 builds haven't yet arrived for the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro — they're still on Android 11 DP4 — OnePlus has already gone ahead and published the Android 11 kernel source. This means that developers can get a small head start on custom software like ROMs and recoveries.
The OnePlus 8T is scheduled to be revealed next month, which means OnePlus is probably looking to sell off its last remaining current-gen phones. You can now get the 256GB version of the OnePlus 8 for $699 on Amazon and the company's own store, a $100 discount from the usual price.
The completed version of Android 11 was released today, and it has already started rolling out to Pixel phones. OnePlus has been hard at work on its version of the update over the past few months, and now the first OxygenOS 11 Open Beta is available for the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro, complete with the revamped interface that was present on previous public builds.
We're inching ever so closer to a OnePlus 8T and are eagerly biting the digits on our hands to learn what its cost digits will be. But if you'd rather not wait for that, why not get a OnePlus 8 with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage for $100 off?