October 28, 2020

OnePlus just upped the ambient display ante with OxygenOS 11 Open Beta 2 for OP8 phones


Google may have set the pace in releasing a stable version of Android 11 for its phones earlier this month, but OnePlus isn’t far behind. After debuting Open Beta 1 for OxygenOS 11 on September 8, the company is already pushing out Open Beta 2 to devices in the OnePlus 8 family. The new update fixes bugs and improves stability, but it also introduces a new feature that takes ambient display to the next level aesthetically.

The first release brought a bunch of changes to OxygenOS, including a visual overhaul of stock apps like weather, settings, and messages. The changelog for Open Beta 2 indicates this update squashes a number of bugs, such as numbers disappearing when setting a timer and the Google Assistant falling asleep. It also helps improve general system stability. But just because it’s focused mainly on bug fixes doesn’t mean it’s entirely devoid of new features.

Canvas brings a slick, futuristic look to the ambient display. Image: XDA

There’s a new feature called Canvas that automatically generates a wireframe image of your lock screen wallpaper to show off on the ambient display. Depending on what kind of wallpaper you have set for the lock screen, this could wind up looking super snazzy. To enable it, head to Settings -> Customization -> Wallpaper -> Canvas -> Choose photo preview.

If you’re curious about enrolling in the Open Beta program, learn more about it here, but be careful — this is beta software that could potentially brick your device. The new release should start rolling out to devices with Open Beta 1 installed via an OTA update soon. While you wait, feel free to check out our coverage of Open Beta 1 for the full rundown on the new features it introduced in case you missed anything.

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