What you need to know
- OnePlus is moving OxygenOS away from a stock Android design to one that hews more closely towards Samsung's OneUI.
- The company says the move is part of a desire to improve stock Android.
- OxygenOS's redesign is intended to improve one-hand usability on large devices, a space the company says Google's own software isn't good at.
OxygenOS is getting a redesign with version 11, and it has proved to be controversial with fans. The software is moving away from what one could see as a system inspired by Google's stock Android to one that more closely resembles other Android OEMs.
OnePlus today shared the reasoning behind that, writing on their official forums:
The company further noted that the changes were also being done to adapt Android to one-handed mobile use:
As far as design philosophies go, it's not a novel one. Samsung's OneUI was created with the same reasoning in mind, and Huawei's EMUI magazine redesign was also built to be more suitable for one-handed use. As phones grow bigger, Google's stock Android indeed lacks many of the adaptions that OEMs have made to accommodate them — including features Apple's more restricted iOS offers.
Despite all that, OnePlus stands to disappoint fans, many of whom have chosen it for its stock Android-like looks and even affectionately refer it as stock+. While OnePlus has never been shy about trying to improve on stock Android, some forum users have expressed that they find a visual change like this a bridge too far.
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