OnePlus releases first OxygenOS 12.1 Open Beta for OnePlus 9RT

Last month, OnePlus initially started testing its new custom skin – OxygenOS 12 on the OnePlus 9RT. Later the update goes live for the alpha testers. And now it is time for more users to try out the upcoming Android 12-centric OxygenOS 12 on their smartphones using an open beta build. Yes, the first OxygenOS 12 open beta build goes live for the OnePlus 9RT with new features and changes. Here you can check everything about the OnePlus 9RT OxygenOS 12 open beta update.

The new upgrade is based on OxygenOS 12.1 rolling with MT2111_11_C.03 build number in India. OnePlus says that your smartphone needs to be running on the A.08 software version. Yes, the update is compatible with the A.08 version number, so make sure to install it before sideloading the open beta build on your OnePlus 9RT. If you’re in a haste and want to taste the new features available on Android 12 based OxygenOS 12.1 then you can check out the installation steps in the next section.

OnePlus is pushing the new update to the OnePlus 9RT with a whole bunch of new features, the list includes Canvas AOD 2.0, Work-Life Balance 2.0, new Notes app, Theme Store, new at-a-glance cards and widgets, system-wide search bar, and much more. Here’s the complete changelog shared by OnePlus.

  • New Design
    • Optimized desktop icons with improved textures, by using a design inspired by brand-new materials and uniting lights and layers
  • Performance
    • Newly added Quick launch, a feature that detects the apps you use frequently and pre-loads them so you can open them quickly
    • Newly added a chart to display your battery usage
    • Optimized the auto brightness algorithm to adapt screen brightness to more scenes for a comfortable screen reading experience
  • Dark Mode
    • Newly supported three adjustable levels, bringing a more personalized and comfortable user experience
  • Shelf
    • Newly added style options for Cards, making data contents more visual and easier to read
    • Newly added Earphone Control Card with Bluetooth earphone one-click adjustment
    • Newly added access to OnePlus Scout in Shelf, allowing you to search multiple contents on your phone, including Apps, Settings, Media Data, etc
    • Newly added OnePlus Watch Card in Shelf, to easily glance at your health status
  • Work Life Balance
    • Newly added Work Life Balance feature, allowing you to effortlessly switch between Work and Life mode via quick settings
    • Supported automatic Work/Life mode switching, based on specific locations, Wi-Fi network, and time, also bringing customized App notification profiles according to the personalization
  • Gallery
    • Newly supported switching between different layouts with a two-finger pinch gesture, intelligently recognizing the best-quality pictures, and cropping the thumbnail based on the content, making the gallery layout more pleasing
  • Canvas AOD
    • Newly added diverse styles of lines and colors, for a more personalized lock screen experience with inspiring visuals
    • Newly added multiple brushes and strokes and support for color adjustment
  • Games
    • Optimized the gaming experience in team fight scenes
    • Newly added the HyperBoost end-to-end frame rate stabilizer
  • Camera
    • Optimized the display of camera modes on the menu bar
    • Optimized the experience of zooming in or out when shooting videos with rear camera
  • Accessibility
    • Newly added visuals to text instructions for an intuitive understanding of accessibility functions
    • Newly supported more system apps in TalkBack, including Photos, Phone, Mail, and Calendar
    • Optimized categorization of functions by grouping them into vision, hearing, interactive actions, and general

Before moving ahead, the open beta 1 is still not a good option for you if you want to use it on your primary phone. You may encounter some bugs. If you own the OnePlus 9RT and want to install the first open beta, then these are the steps.

Note: Make sure to charge your smartphone to at least 40% and also make sure your phone has 4GB of free space.

  1. First things first, you’ve to download the open beta build shared by OnePlus.
  2. Once downloaded, move the ROM to the phone’s internal storage.
  3. Now head over to the Settings > System > System Updates > Click top right icon gear icon > Local upgrade > choose the downloaded file, then wait for the process to be completed.
  4. Once all done, reboot your phone.
  5. That’s it.

You can head over to the OnePlus community forum for more information. OnePlus also shared the rollback package, if you want to rollback to the previous release then you can check it on the company’s community forum.

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