OnePlus has announced OxygenOS 14

OxygenOS 14 is based on Android 14 and comes with a lot of new features, including performance improvements


28-09-2023, 14:26

A few days ago, OnePlus made an announcement about the release of OxygenOS 14, an operating system based on Android 14. It is now accessible as an Open Beta for the OnePlus 11. In addition, there is an official timeline for its rollout.

As explained before, OnePlus is coming with a feature called Trinity Engine, which is an "advanced proprietary platform" with bundled technologies that should improve the general performance of a OnePlus device. It should improve in several scenarios, such as multi-tasking, heavy tasking and long-term usage. This works by using an algorithm that makes the CPU, ROM and RAM work together by allocating the proper resources. All of this should extend battery life, increase performance and a long-term smooth experience. According to OnePlus, the algorithm is able to determine the balance between enhanced performance and reduced power consumption to fit different scenarios without compromising performance.

RAM Vitalization, a feature that contributes to the launch-speed of applications, has been upgraded with OxygenOS 14. Compared to OxygenOS 13, the upgrade brings a 10% improvement in terms of smoothness during every day use. It also allows frequently used applications to run in the background for up to 72 hours. ROM Vitalization, which is a new feature compared to OxygenOS 13, contributes to a long-lasting experience according to OnePlus. It addresses performance degradation in terms of long-term use and makes sure a device is still fast and smooth after 48 months of use, which is 4 years. This is achieved by using compression algorithms, file defragmentation and memory acceleration.

When it comes to gaming, OnePlus is improving the experience by using HyperRendering, HyperTouch and HyperBoost. These flimsy names should contribute to generate better graphics in games, increased smoothness in games, a higher and a more stable touch experience. It also addresses high power consumption without compromising a stable framerate experience.

OxygenOS 14 also brings improved privacy and security features. One of those features is Device Security Engine 3.0, a feature based on a Trusted Execution Environment, which is also present on computers (and is related to a TPM). It ensures that device security is reinforced to prevent malicious actions and de-compilation attempts. There's also an encryption technology available which works on the SoC-level, and it's named Strong Box4. It uses a built-in eSE and stands for "embedded Secure Element". It ensures that passwords are protected from third-party use (which likely means in a malicious way. Password managers should not be affected.) OxygenOS 14 also gets an Auto Pixelate feature that can automatically blur sensitive information such as contact details and credit card numbers.

With OxygenOS 13, OnePlus introduced the Aquamorphic Design, which is a design philosophy. With OxygenOS 14, they improved this philosophy by bringing new interactions, animations, music, colour systems and more. One of the most noticeable features is Fluid Cloud, which is a way to interact with notifications and information. It looks very much like the Dynamic Island that's present on iPhones. It also can be presented across devices.

Another change is that colours within OxygenOS will now automatically change based on the time of the day, what the user is doing and the status of the device. For example, when the phone is charging the battery status card will display a gradient animation. When the user is working out, fitness data tracked on the phone will flow and change in colour as well. There are also new ringtones, alarms and notification sounds included in OxygenOS 14.

OnePlus also introduces Go Green AOD, an 'eco-friendly' way to remind the user about healthy choices and the CO2 footprint.

File Dock is another new feature that enables the collection, analysis and sharing of global information through a dock of applications, which can be achieved by gestures. Drag-and-drop across devices is one of those features. The Notes app, which is a default app that OxygenOS comes with, has also been upgraded. OnePlus claims they improved usability for a more convenient, enriched and intelligent way of editing capabilities on OxygenOS 14. It supports formatting options such as colours, underlines, strikethroughs and dividers. Font sizes and styles are also part of that.

Smart Cutout is a feature that can identify subjects in a photo and then crop out those subjects from the photo that has been taken. For example, by long-pressing the subject in a picture or video. It also works on subjects with a complex background, even if it has a similar colour as the subject.

OnePlus plans to roll out the first stable build of OxygenOS 14 for the OnePlus 11 somewhere at the middle of November. Other devices follow later.

Winkey W, a member of the OnePlus Software Team, has shared information about the official launch date of OxygenOS 14. This version of OxygenOS is based on Android 14. Currently, OxygenOS 14 is undergoing closed beta testing on select devices such as the OnePlus 11, OnePlus 11R, and OnePlus Nord 3. OnePlus confirms that the OnePlus 10 Pro will join the beta testing soon, while the Open Beta program is "around the corner".

The official release of OxygenOS is scheduled for September 25, 2023. One of the key components of Android 14 will be the proprietary performance platform known as "Trinity Engine". According to OnePlus, this feature is designed to unlock the full potential of smartphones by seamlessly integrating software and hardware to work together. This is accomplished through a range of technologies including CPU vitalisation, RAM vitalisation, ROM vitalisation, HyperBoost, HyperTouch, and HyperRendering. OnePlus says these technologies are expected to lead to lower power consumption, improved multi-tasking and a faster user experience.