OnePlus’s OxygenOS

OxygenOS

OxygenOS is an operating system and graphical user interface, built mainly for Chinese Android devices. It was developed in March 2015 by OnePlus.

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It is available in about 40 languages with a few being English, Chinese, Danish, French, Czech, Greek, Hebrew, etc.

Features

Oxygen OS still has all of Androids core features, but they make it a lot better by including their own exclusive features and optimizations. Here are a few of its awesome features:

1. Gaming Mode

This feature is useful now more than ever, especially because everyone is crazy about competitive mobile gaming. The gaming mode can be enabled by diving into Settings > Utilities > Gaming Mode options. Here, you can enable a host of different settings to suit your needs the best.

Firstly, you may enable the option to allow you are using the speaker instead of the earpiece. It is a feature for those who want an uninterrupted gaming experience but also do not want to miss out on important calls.

You can also choose to display calls from third-party apps like Whatsapp and Facebook Messenger to come up as notifications, instead of filling up the screen. You may lock the capacitive buttons if enabled, so you don’t get out of a game accidentally.

You can also disable automatic brightness. You can add or remove apps that you want these features to affect if the phone hasn’t automatically picked them.

2. Gestures

Ever since Oxygen OS debuted in 2015, the emphasis has been on off-screen gestures. From Oxygen OS 9, you have these privileges and more.

Not only do you have traditional gestures to control the music, toggle the flashlight and basically set any of the five-letter shortcuts to do anything you want, but now, they have got a few more intuitive actions too. 

For instance, you can flip your phone to mute it off for incoming calls or swipe down with three fingers to quickly grab a screenshot. You can also answer calls by choosing specific gestures.

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You can also double press the power button to quick launch the camera and long-pressing it will trigger the Google Assistant.

3. Customization

While there are a plethora of options within Oxygen OS to style it as you prefer, Oxygen OS means of doing it is called theming and this got you covered!

Not only can you choose from three system-wide themes, which includes the Amulet black and completely white (for aesthetic people), you can also choose an accent colour, one out of 16 million! 

The system-wide theme affects all apps, the notification panel and the launcher. The accent colours also dominate the whole of Oxygen OS in ways you wouldn’t expect.

It teams all the toggles and buttons over the spectrum of Oxygen OS and completely stylizes all the stock apps like the dialer, the messages app, calculator and more. There is also a secrets’ app menu for apps that you do not want to be seen by everyone.

4. Design and Updates

Oxygen OS started as a one-to-one copy of stock Android, but with major iteration, it started to deviate from the looks and feel of Google’s android, favouring its own set of taste and design. Many people were sceptical about this move, but it turns out all of this was done only for the better.

Oxygen OS is now miles ahead in terms of design. Everything in Oxygen OS has its place with a defined purpose. The gestures make it easier to use.

All the stock apps also follow the strict user interface code with big vector looking for colourful elements all following the same system-wide accent colour that you have chosen. They have normal stable updates every month and updates are quick and easy.

5. Other Little Goodies

Oxygen OS offers users some tiny but helpful features like parallel apps which allow a user to clone a supported app of choice and use two instances of it at once.

There is also a smart boost which uses little chunks of your RAM to preload services in the cache and provides a truly smooth experience.

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Aigbini Jennifer
I am a language enthusiast, studying Linguistics at the University of Benin, in Nigeria.