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New Oxygen OS Beta for OnePlus 5 and up: What’s new and how to download it

OnePlus has released a new beta version of Oxygen OS – its Android skin – and along with a brand-new interface, it aims to solve problems with instant messaging, file management and overheating.

Read on for everything you need to know about it, including what’s new and which phones are compatible.

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XDA Developers has published the full changelog for this new beta software release, which includes:

System

  • Display overheating device warning
  • New UI for system update

Quick reply in landscape

  • Supported more IM APPs for Quick Reply in landscape
  • Apps don’t get paused when using quick reply in landscape

Community

  • Optimised search experience by adding search field, and grouping search results in different categories
  • Redesigned social page UI
  • Optimised log recording in bug report section

File Manager (only for OnePlus 6/6T)

  • Added the Intelligent cleanup feature

Oxygen OS is well known for having an efficient, stripped-down feel similar to stock Android, and so these minimalist touches aren’t a surprise. Below are images of the new interface before and after the update:

OnePlus 5 interface before Oxygen OS Beta 31. Credit: XDA Developers

OnePlus 5 interface after Oxygen OS Beta 31 update. Credit: XDA Developers

The new UI does look cleaner and the tweaks to performance should be improvements provided they work as intended.

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To download the new Oxygen OS beta you have to be a member of OnePlus’ Open Beta Program. Membership allows you to try out the latest operating system releases before other customers and you can give your feedback to the developers (via the OnePlus Community app) so they can fix any blips before working it into the official new software.

What features of the new Oxygen OS beta are you most excited about? Let us know on Twitter at @TrustedReviews.

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