OnePlus to finally introduce always-on feature for its phone displays with the OxygenOS 11 release in late 2020
OnePlus takes user suggestions and feature requests very seriously these days. In order to better decide what new features to include in the upcoming OnePlus phones, the company initiated a campaign called IDEAS, where users provided feedback on what they would like to see implemented next, and among the most requested features was the alway-on display. OnePlus recently announced that this particular feature is now in development and it could be finalized as early as next month, but it would still need to go through a testing period. Beta tests for this feature would thus be scheduled for September, and the actual stable OS release supporting the always-on display feature could eventually be launched in late 2020.
The always-on display feature is certainly nothing new for Samsung owners at least, but OnePlus wants to take things to the next level with a more intuitive implementation. There were some initial concerns regarding the impact this feature could make on the battery life, but OnePlus managed to optimize things to mitigate all excessive power drains.
A few days ago, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau tweeted a cryptic image with a clock showing 11 hours sharp plus a message reading “11 on display.” Apparently, the always-on display feature would be launched with the OxygenOS 11, which is the company’s Android 11 update planned for late 2020.
After careful consideration, OnePlus has decided that the always-on display interface should include a thin gradient line going down the center of the display. This line is showing how much time the user spent on the phone and at the top of the screen the interface displays the number of times the phone was unlocked. There is also a timer and date that slides down the line as the day passes, plus all the relevant notification icons are displayed at the bottom.