OnePlus announces OxygenOS 13 will bring an “experience closer to stock Android”


Last year, OnePlus announced some pretty dramatic changes that were in line for the OnePlus 9 series and future device launches. Part of this had to do with OnePlus being essentially merged with Oppo, as OnePlus announced the new “Unified OS Codebase” that integrated OxygenOS into ColorOS. However, the decision was not only met with backlash from the community but the implementation was simply unacceptable.

Bugs constantly wreaked havoc, even for those who participated in the beta program launched last year. Now, along with the announcement of the OnePlus 10 Pro’s expanded launch, OnePlus has announced some major changes coming to OxygenOS. Here’s what OnePlus Founder and CEO Pete Lau had to say in a post on the OnePlus Forums:

Back in September, we announced the codebase for both OxygenOS and ColorOS would merge with the goal of creating one unified and upgraded operating system for both brands globally.

While OxygenOS and ColorOS will continue to be developed on the same codebase – to allow for faster updates and better build quality – OxygenOS and ColorOS will remain independent brand properties. This new course was taken in accordance with feedback from our Community – we understand users of OxygenOS and ColorOS want each operating system to remain separate from each other with their own distinct properties.

Our software philosophy for OxygenOS has always been to offer users a light and clean experience that is close to stock Android and oriented towards usage globally. With OxygenOS 13, we want to deliver an experience that long-time OnePlus users will be familiar with while ensuring it upholds hallmarks of OxygenOS, like a fast and smooth experience, burdenless design, and ease of use. OxygenOS 13 will retain its unique visual design and a range of exclusive customization features.

In the same post, the company confirmed that it is working with the “community and Google” in an effort “to deliver a familiar OxygenOS experience” that is more akin to what we were used to seeing on OnePlus phones. Hopefully, this means a more streamlined and simplistic approach to the mobile OS, while still providing enough flair and customization to truly personalize our phones.

Development on OxygenOS 13 is already underway and will be based on Android 13, meaning that OxygenOS 12 will hopefully just be a small blip on the radar and things get back to some type of normalcy later this year. OnePlus has a lot of work to do if it wants to re-gain its foothold in the Android community, but this definitely seems to be a step in the right direction. Now, we just have to hope that the execution is better compared to what we saw in 2021.


The OnePlus 10 Pro will hit global markets, including North America, in March

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