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OnePlus Nord 2 gets its first preview of Android 12 via OxygenOS 12 Open Beta

The Nord 2 is one of the fewest OnePlus smartphones that have not yet updated to Android 12. However, the Chinese company is working to bring the update to OnePlus Nord 2 users as soon as possible, and the latest announcement confirms this theory.

A huge open beta of OxygenOS 12 is now available for OnePlus Nord 2 units worldwide, the first of its kind. Although it’s not a stable release of the long-awaited Android 12 update, it’s a clear sign that OnePlus Nord 2 is likely the next device to receive the upgrade.

The Android 12-based OxygenOS 12 Open Beta 1 changelog includes references to system improvements and new features, Dark Mode improvements, Gallery, Work-Life Balance feature, games, and more. ‘others. Here are the main highlights of the update:


  • Newly added smart battery engine, a feature that extends battery life based on smart algorithms and biomimetic self-recovery technology
  • AI System Booster optimized to 2.1 to keep your system running smoothly even under heavy load
  • Optimized desktop icons with improved textures, using a design inspired by new materials and uniting lights and layers
  • Optimized Extra HD, a feature that can dramatically improve image and video resolutions

dark mode

  • Dark mode now supports three adjustable levels, bringing a more personalized and comfortable user experience


  • New additional styling options for maps, making data content more visual and easier to read
  • Newly added access to OnePlus Scout in Shelf, allowing you to search multiple contents on your phone, including apps, settings, media data, etc.
  • Newly added OnePlus watch card in the shelf, easy to check your health status

work-life balance

  • Work-life balance feature is now available for all users, allowing you to effortlessly switch between work mode and life mode via quick settings
  • WLB 2.0 now supports automatic switching of work/life mode, based on specific locations, Wi-Fi network and time, also bringing custom app notification profiles based on personalization


  • Gallery now lets you switch between different layouts with a two-finger pinch gesture, intelligently recognizing the best quality images and cropping the thumbnail based on the content, making the gallery layout more agreable

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  • Canvas AOD brings you new line styles and various colors, for a more personalized lock screen experience with inspiring visuals
  • Optimized software algorithm and improved facial recognition to better identify features and skin color of different figures


  • Newly added HyperBoost end-to-end frame rate stabilizer

OnePlus has also listed some known issues that will be fixed in a future update, such as OnePlus Nord 2 users may not be able to use Face Unlock in the dark after enabling Brighten screen in dim. light via Settings. Also, Fortnite will crash after installing this update, so don’t even try to play it.

OnePlus Nord 2 users who want to test the first version of OxygenOS 12 based on Android 12 can download the update via the official OnePlus forum. A rollback package is also available for download for those who want to roll back to Android 11.