While not as feature-packed as the Android Oreo 8.0 update, it does come with a good number of small improvements here and there. You’ll notice a new restructured settings page. The Power Menu has also been redesigned and moved to the right. Android 8.1 now shows users battery levels for Bluetooth connected devices. Android 8.1 also has support for automatic light and dark themes. Depending on the wallpaper, the themes will adjust their colours to light or dark. Also, OnePlus already has built-in light and dark themes for its phones.
Apart from this, there’s a lot going on underneath the surface as well.
As for OnePlus, the company has issued a changelog for the features in the update. Noteworthy features include a gaming mode, OnePlus Switch, and a February security patch.
The gaming mode allows a more immersive gaming experience by blocking notifications and stopping adaptive brightness. While not a very new feature, it is a very useful addition.
OnePlus Switch allows users to easily migrate data with application backups. This will be helpful when switching devices.
There are some other miscellaneous features as well. For example, call pick-up gestures have been added and new clock-styles for the ambient display have also been added.
- Added global roaming solution
- Optimized full-screen gesture support (this is only for 5T)
To round it up, the February security patch has also been included in the beta build. The update tips the scales at 1.6GB and can be found on the forums along with installation tips. Head on to the link below for more details.