As a part of the OnePlus 10T launch today, OnePlus is also announcing OxygenOS 13, the next big update coming to their still-supported range of phones. The update is said to feature an all-new Aquamorphic Design, smoother experience, and a bunch of enriched features. OnePlus also told us when to expect it and one which phones.
Which devices are getting OxygenOS 13 and when?
For launch timing, since we’re waiting on Android 13 to be released (and this should be based off of Android 13), OnePlus is saying that OxygenOS 13 will launch “soon” and first on the OnePlus 10 Pro in an Open Beta program. The next device to get the update will be the OnePlus 10T “later this year.”
Below is the entire list of phones expected to get OxygenOS 13, just be aware that outside of the OnePlus 10 Pro and 10T, we have no idea when the others will see it:
- Flagship product line: OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8 Pro, OnePlus 8T, OnePlus 9, OnePlus 9 Pro, OnePlus
9R, OnePlus 9RT, OnePlus 10 Pro, OnePlus 10R, OnePlus 10T
- Nord product line: OnePlus Nord 2, OnePlus Nord 2T, OnePlus Nord CE, OnePlus Nord CE 2,
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite
All of the OxygenOS 13 features
What should you expect from OxygenOS 13 in terms of features? OnePlus is really talking this update up as a big one, where they’ve updated the design of many OS elements, made it “faster and smoother,” more stable, and tossed in plenty of customization and personalization.
The entire list of new features in OxygenOS 13 is as follows:
OxygenOS 13 features soft and rounded edges across its design for a more comfortable viewing experience. Every detail in OxygenOS 13’s design has been created with purpose, making each element both useful and appealing to fit your needs.
Form and function co-exist in OxygenOS 13, as it adds to the user experience by anticipating every need and making widgets more accessible through one long press.
The colors of OxygenOS 13’s design will intelligently transition to match the time of day you are using your device – meaning the operating system will be brighter in the morning and take on a darker, calmer aesthetic after sunset.
AI System Booster
OxygenOS 13 leverages the power of AI System Booster, which takes its smooth and stable performance even further. With advanced, intelligent memory management systems, AI System Booster allows you to suspend more applications at once so you can quickly jump from one to another for a faster, smoother, and uninterrupted experience.
Always-on Display (AOD)
AODs highlight contextual and relevant information without you having to switch on or unlock your device. OxygenOS 13 packs a wider selection of AODs that provide you with greater levels of customization, so you can decide what information you want to be easily accessible. Whether you are listening to music, or creating masterpieces on Canvas or Bitmoji, OxygenOS 13’s AODs make it possible to navigate with ease while on the go.
Smart Launcher lets you access applications from folders faster by making folders and their contents larger on your home screen. Applications within a folder can be tapped and opened without having to open the folder itself for a faster and more seamless experience. Smart Launcher also lets you quickly and easily add widgets for your favorite applications to take advantage of their functionality from your home screen.
Sidebar Toolbox makes it easier for you to do everything on your device with one hand. This practical function comes with easy access to all apps and lets you customize which applications are featured within it.
HyperBoost Gaming Engine
OxygenOS 13 empowers the gaming capabilities of OnePlus devices with support for the HyperBoost Gaming Engine that powers a series of features designed to deliver a smoother and more stable gaming experience when playing supported titles. These features improve gaming performance, like reducing frame rate fluctuation and improving a device’s touch response rate so you have the best chance of coming out on top.
Spatial Audio & Dolby Atmos
For professional audio performance, OxygenOS 13 supports Spatial Audio to bring you cinema-quality sound, wherever you are. With Spatial Audio, you can adjust the direction of sound in different applications for the best experience. In addition, Dolby Atmos is supported by OxygenOS 13 which offers a broader sound field and more accurate spatial perception of sound. Both Spatial Audio and Dolby Atmos provide greater immersion when watching everything from the latest TV shows to Hollywood blockbusters.
Fast Pair allows you to seamlessly connect your device with supported wireless earbuds and headphones, smart TVs, and more in a matter of seconds so you spend less time in menus and more time enjoying content.
With Audio Switch, you can easily switch from one audio device to another, or vice versa. There are no disruptions when you switch from headphone to headphone, creating a smooth sound transition.
Nearby Share and App Streaming
By logging into just one Google account, the Nearby Share feature lets you transfer content from Android and Windows devices with greater ease and speed, for seamless content sharing. And, with a function called App Streaming, smartphones can cast their screen’s content to other nearby ChromeOS devices for improved shareability.
Private Safe 2.0
An enhanced version of the Private Safe makes its debut in OxygenOS 13 that secures data, documents, and media files in a virtual safe so they cannot be accessed by other applications.
We’ll try to get OxygenOS 13 flashed to a OnePlus 10 Pro as soon as we can to dive in and report back.
Did You Order a Galaxy Z Flip 4 or Galaxy Z Fold 4?
Pre-orders are taking place for the new Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Galaxy Z Fold 4, and as we always say, there’s never a better time to order one of these phones than during this period. Seriously, you should do it.
If you have taken advantage of Samsung’s crazy-good trade-in values, store credit and free accessories, the last thing we want to know is which model you ended up going with. In 2022, both are very good options, seen as relatively minor upgrades over last year’s models, but still offering top specs, water resistance, improved hinge designs for more compact designs, and improved software.
I have been using the Z Fold 4 for a week now and have really been enjoying the experience. The battery life has been great, the displays are nice, and the cameras appear to be very good.
Which option are you going with?
How Good is Android 13 on Pixel Phones?
The stable Android 13 update has been out since the beginning of the week and that means a couple of days for you to run it and establish first impressions. I’m curious what those are, as the update is somewhat minor in new features, but huge in terms of bug fixes from Android 12.
To recap, Android 13 dropped on Monday for the Pixel 4, Pixel 4a, Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, and Pixel 6a. The update was available immediately if you felt like playing in adb, plus we’ve seen it rollout over-the-air as well to some phones. Tim, for example, says he can pull it yet I can’t on my Pixel 6 Pro. Rude, Google.
We talked about all of the new features in Android 13 that you’ll want to be on the lookout for and then spent a lengthy amount of time looking through the list of 150 bugs that Google fixed. Google says it was able to improve “performance, stability, and reliability,” fixed bugs related to charging and Gboard and touch screen palm detection and so much more. Google even says it addressed fingerprint reader performance on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6a.
After browsing through reddit, I can see that a number of folks have been quick to share that their fingerprint reader is indeed faster (Do people really believe this?) and that overall performance and stuttering has improved, especially on older Pixel phones.
What about you? How has Android 13 been running on your Pixel phone this week? Or are you still waiting for it?
Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro Get Major Approval Ahead of Launch
The Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro stopped through the FCC this week, marking a big step towards launch that should happen around October, if previous launches are any indicator. The filings don’t reveal much, other than supported network bands and the presence of UWB again, but they do give us model numbers to pin on each phone going forward.
There are four FCC filings of note to dip into under Google’s FCC ID. Those filings give us model numbers of GVU6C, GQML3, GP4BC, and GE2AE. After looking through several of the documents at the FCC, I’m pretty confident in saying that the first two are the Pixel 7 and the last two are the Pixel 7 Pro. The GVU6C Pixel 7 also has an alternate model number of G03Z5 alongside it, as does the Pixel 7 Pro’s GE2AE, where GFE4J can be added to its list.
To recap, we have Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro model numbers as follows:
- PIXEL 7: GVU6C (G03Z5)
- PIXEL 7: GQML3 – mmW
- PIXEL 7 PRO: GP4BC – UWB
- PIXEL 7 PRO: GE2AE (GFE4J) – UWB, mmW
Each phone has all of the proper network bands to work well here in the US, with select models also supporting 5G mmW. The two models supporting mmW are GQML3 (Pixel 7) and GE2AE (Pixel 7 Pro). The others support sub-6 5G, just not the super speedy 5G mmW that you’ll never attach to anyway.
To tell the difference between Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro devices, we really are guessing (assuming) based on the fact that GP4BC and GE2AE have UWB or ultra-wideband support. In the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, only the Pixel 6 Pro had UWB and it looks like that’ll be the case again this year. UWB is used for short-range communications in things like luggage trackers or to help a digital car key talk to a car.
The rest of the big network stuff can be see below, where you’ll find WiFi 6E, NFC, and WPT (wireless power transfer aka wireless charging).
Pixel 7 network bands
Pixel 7 Pro network bands
There isn’t much else to take from this because Google already announced each phone. We’re really just waiting for them to go official, so that we can start playing with their cameras, test Google Tensor 2, and see if Google took are of all of the Pixel 6 line’s modem issues.
If you were hoping this arrival at the FCC would tell us when the Pixel 7 will launch, I’m not sure that it does. The Pixel 6 line hit the FCC in September 2021 and then arrived in October. The Pixel 6a showed up at the FCC in April 2022, was announced in May, and then didn’t ship until July.
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