The first OxygenOS 11 preview is now live, and we’ve rounded up all the latest features. The latest version of the interface comes with a host of exciting features, including Always On Display, updated Zen mode, new system font, customized system-wide dark mode, and more.
But one change is that OnePlus users won’t be so keen on the new design. OxygenOS has always stood out for its clean user interface which is inspired by stock Android, the skin was compared to Google’s Pixel Launcher on steroids. This is changing with OxygenOS 11 as OnePlus introduces a new design language that is more in line with Samsung’s One UI than Pixel and other Android phones.
The design of OxygenOS 11 is inspired by the One UI, and the changes will rank the vocal userbase of OnePlus.
This is a controversial move by OnePlus, as the Vanilla Android interface attracted a lot of users to OxygenOS in the first place. Insulated interfaces coupled with meaningful additions such as native screen recording, Zen mode, and customization options allow Oxygen to stand out from the pack.
I’ve said many times in the past that the skin of the OnePlus is the best you’ll find on Android, and a lot of it had to do with the fact that the interface was clean. With OxygenOS 11, OnePlus has moved to a heavily skinned interface that makes you look very different on vanilla Android, taking a lot of design cues from manufacturer Samsung. Many menu elements now sit in the lower 2 / 3rd section of the screen, and make the skin more like a UI with larger headers as well as increased font size.
The difference is obvious when using dialers, messages, and other OnePlus first-party apps with their OxygenOS 10 counterparts. There are a lot of designed flares now, and I’m not a fan of overt customization. OnePlus didn’t really need to make any changes to the user interface – it’s one of the very few manufacturers that has a vanilla Android UI – but with OxygenOS 11, it’s no longer the case.
OnePlus styled its hardware after the Samsung flagship; Now it is doing the same with software.
As OnePlus begins to become a mainstream player, it is losing the core principles that the company held dear to many power users. In recent years the flagship of OnePlus has showcased a lot of hardware elements from Samsung’s Galaxy S series, and with the new software direction with OxygenOS 11, the company is doing the same with software.
Combine this with uninstallable Facebook bloatware on the OnePlus 8 Series, and it’s easy to see the creator moving away from its roots. It is understandable why OnePlus would like to emulate Samsung in this area. Samsung is the largest Android manufacturer by some margin, and more users are familiar with One UI than stock Android. But by taking this new direction with OxygenOS 11, OnePlus is leaving its loyal userbase behind, and in the process its position as the best Android skin.
It is becoming increasingly clear that OnePlus wants to be like a mainstream phone manufacturer – when you consider the state of the OnePlus 8 series, it is very clear – and with OxygenOS 11, we are just looking at How well the company intends to copy Samsung. .