The OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro are getting an update to OxygenOS 13 as part of the company’s open beta program in India and North America. The smartphone was launched with Android 11-based OxygenOS 11 in India in March last year. The OxygenOS 13 beta update will bring several new features to the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro handsets, including a new ‘Aquamorphic’ design, a home screen world clock widget and the company’s Quantum Animation Engine 4.0. The latest update also includes new privacy and security features. It also offers features to optimize system performance, gaming and stability. Since this is a beta test, users should be aware of potential risks and bugs in pre-release software.
According to the new Post On the OnePlus community forum, the Android 13-based OxygenOS 13 open beta is currently open for OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro users in India and North America. It will be released for eligible devices in the Europe region in the near future. Interested users can update their OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro smartphones to the latest OxygenOS 12 version (C.63) and experience the Chinese smartphone brand’s next custom skin in advance. Since the update is beta testing, users are warned that it may cause problems with their devices.
OnePlus has identified some issues that OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro users may encounter with the latest update. Incoming call notifications will not be displayed when receiving calls from iPhone models and the flashlight switch notification will not be displayed on the lock screen. Known issues also include carrier versions (VZW) not supporting open beta builds.
OxygenOS 13 Beta Update Changelog
According to the changelog, OxygenOS 13 open beta brings many new features, improvements and changes to OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro devices. The update adds a new ‘aquamorphic’ design and UI layer that claims to enhance the visual comfort of both models. This home screen brings a world clock widget to show the time in different time zones. The update adds improvements to OnePlus’ Quantum Animation Engine 4.0, including a new behavior recognition feature. The update brings a new widget design, real-world physical movement in animations, and optimized fonts, images, and system icons.
Performance-related upgrades via the OxygenOS 13 build include a new Meeting Assistant to enhance the Meetings Connecting experience and larger folders on the home screen. The update also adds media playback controls and optimizes quick settings in the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro. It also introduces a sidebar toolbox feature and adds more markup tools for screenshot editing. Furthermore, the changelog lists a new type of always-on display that shows live information about music, ride-hailing and food delivery.
For better connectivity, the update claims to optimize screencast, earphone connectivity and cross-device file transfer with support for more file formats and device models.
For security and privacy, the update adds an automatic pixelation feature for chat screenshots and regular clearing of clipboard data. Other upgrades related to health and fitness include a new Kid Space option to switch the browser app into a kid-friendly mode with an eye comfort feature. According to the changelog, the update adds a dynamic computing engine to improve system speed, stability, battery life, and app experience. It also introduces HyperBoost GPA 4.0 for a better gaming experience.
OnePlus 9, OnePlus 9 Pro OxygenOS 13 Beta Update: How to Install
Users should ensure their smartphone is charged 30 percent or more and has at least 4GB of free storage to install the new open beta update. If you are a OnePlus 9 or OnePlus 9 Pro user, you can check the latest build by following these steps:
- Download the latest ROM upgrade zip package available on the blog Copy the upgrade package to the phone storage.
- go Click Settings > About device > Version Create the number 7 times and enter your phone password.
- go back Settings > About device > Update > Click on the top right button > Local installation > Click on the relevant installation package > Extract > Upgrade.
- After the upgrade is complete, click Start again.