OxygenOS 13.1 Rolls Out for OnePlus 8, 8 Pro, 8T & OnePlus 9R: A Review of the Changes and the Excluded Feature

OnePlus has recently rolled out the highly anticipated OxygenOS 13.1 update for several of its smartphones, including the OnePlus 8, 8 Pro, 8T, and OnePlus 9R. While this update brings several changes and improvements, it does not include a core feature that OnePlus introduced on their flagship devices. In this article, we will delve into the details of the update, highlighting the changes and the missing feature on the OnePlus 8 series and OnePlus 9R.

Update Process:

Users who have not received the OTA update can manually update their devices by tapping the build number seven times to enable the developer mode. The incremental update file can then be downloaded from the provided link and installed via the local install option in the update settings.

Benchmarks and Performance:

After installing OxygenOS 13.1, benchmark results have shown a slight improvement in performance compared to the previous build (based on OxygenOS 13). The Geekbench scores for single-core and multi-core performance have increased, indicating better overall performance. Additionally, CPU throttling tests have demonstrated lower throttling percentages, suggesting improved sustained performance.

Hidden Changes:

Apart from the changes mentioned in the official changelogs, OxygenOS 13.1 also includes some hidden changes. These undisclosed updates are showcased in a dedicated video, which provides valuable insights into the new features and improvements.

Notable Updates:

The changelogs for OxygenOS 13.1 highlight enhancements in personalization, health, and gaming experiences. The update introduces a new application called Core Relax, designed to aid relaxation through various music options. Additionally, two new Zen modes, namely Deep Zen and Light Zen, offer users different relaxation techniques. A recorder tile has been added to OnePlus Shelf, allowing easy access to the recorder feature. Moreover, the battery section now includes an option to optimize night charging, renamed as Voice Charging, which helps maintain battery health and prolong battery life.

Issues and Missing Feature:

Some OnePlus 8 Pro users have reported the absence of the hide application feature after the update. However, it should be noted that the feature is available on the OnePlus 8 and other OnePlus smartphones running OxygenOS 13.1. Users encountering this issue are advised to perform a factory reset or reset the settings. Additionally, a notable missing feature on the OnePlus 8 series and OnePlus 9R is the Multi-Screen Connect, which is present on the OnePlus 11 and offers seamless connectivity across multiple devices. Whether this feature will be expanded to other OnePlus smartphones remains uncertain.

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