Some great news for OnePlus 6T users as OnePlus is currently in the middle of developing a brand new UI for OxygenOS. While discussing the future of OnePlus 6T and OxygenOS, User Experience Lead Crayon Hsieh stated that they have “tons of exciting stuff” in the works.
The goal is to make OxygenOS the most “distinct and intuitive” mobile operating system through OnePlus’ unique design language. The main focus is to offer a smoother user experience and to achieve this the company has an “FSE” team in place, where “FSE” actually stands for ‘Fast, Smooth, and Efficient.’ A couple of features that improve overall user experience are advanced Do Not Disturb mode and new Navigation Gestures.
Speaking of Navigation Gesture, from now on whenever you swipe upward in an app, the window will follow your finger, making for a natural, smoother experience.
It’s also faster in two ways: with a quick flick from the bottom of the screen towards the right of your screen, you can change between 2 recently used apps. As there’s no navigation bar when using gestures, users weren’t able to double-tap the “recents” button to quickly switch between apps. This new gesture provides a quick and easy substitute. Another thing users couldn’t do with Gestures in version 1 was quickly accessing Google Assistant. That’s why we’ve added a new action: just hold the power button for 0.5s to activate Google Assistant.
Since smartphone screens are getting bigger every year it is becoming harder for the user to navigate the display with one hand. OnePlus aims to counter this by implementing full-screen gestures.
Last but not least, a number of optimizations are being made to the power consumption of OxygenOS. An AI-based algorithm is added that would allow the device to learn when to sleep.
More details about the OxygenOS changes and improvements will be shared in the coming weeks. OnePlus plans to properly optimize the software before a full rollout.