[INTERVIEW] OnePlus 6T - The Future of OxygenOS

  1. Chris dB
    Social Media Staff Member Oct 12, 2018

    Chris dB , Oct 12, 2018 :

    Above all else, software should serve the needs of its users. That means developing software is a process of continuous evolution and adaptation. As the needs of users change, so too does the purpose of our software. Two things have remained universal throughout the development of OxygenOS – “Fast and Smooth”. We spoke to our resident software expert @Szymon K. , with a few pointers from User Experience Lead Crayon Hsieh, to talk OxygenOS, the OnePlus 6T, Android Pie, and more.

    What new features can we expect to see in OxygenOS on the OnePlus 6T?
    We’re working on a ton of exciting stuff for the OnePlus 6T. We’ve got a whole new UI coming up that you will have to experience for yourself to really understand. Our goal was to express the OnePlus design language in our UI, making this the most distinct and intuitive version of OxygenOS yet. We’ve also put a lot of work into improving the camera behind the scenes, so you can expect to take even better pictures. (Although, I can’t reveal exactly what we improved just yet… stay tuned!). I think the best way to learn about the new features coming to OxygenOS is to experience them for yourself.

    What parts of the software did the team improve the most?
    Our focus is always on providing a fast and smooth experience. We’ve got this specialized ‘FSE’ team, where ‘FSE’ stands for ‘Fast, Smooth, and Efficient’. Their goal is to make the most out of our hardware. You can expect to see a couple of features that make the user experience smoother, like an advanced Do not Disturb mode and new Navigation Gestures.

    Can you describe OxygenOS on the OnePlus 6T in 10 words or less?
    OxygenOS provides a fast, smooth & burden-less experience with no gimmicks.

    How are we changing and improving gesture-based navigation?
    We've made Navigation Gestures smoother overall. Whenever you swipe up in an app, the application window will follow your finger, making for a more natural experience. It's also faster in two ways: with a quick flick from the bottom of the screen towards the right of your screen, you can change between 2 recently used apps. As there's no navigation bar when using gestures, users weren’t able to double-tap the "recents" button to quickly switch between apps. This new gesture provides a quick and easy substitute. Another thing users couldn't do with Gestures in version 1 was quickly accessing Google Assistant. That's why we've added a new action: just hold the power button for 0.5s to activate Google Assistant.

    Crayon: As displays get taller and taller, we want to find a way that users can continue to navigate their phones with one hand. So, that’s why we implemented full-screen gestures. We spent a lot of time tweaking every animation. Every swipe was tested over 1000 times to ensure the motion felt natural.

    What do we do to make sure OxygenOS consumes as little power as possible?
    Our FSE team is working on a number of optimizations to the power consumption of OxygenOS, making use of the Qualcomm™ Snapdragon® 845. One of the things they've added is an AI-based algorithm that will allow the phone to learn when you sleep, so it can minimize background usage and reduce power consumption accordingly.

    How has our Android Pie update been received by the community?
    Our users are always excited about new Android version updates. They know that OnePlus is the kind of company that embraces what's great about Pure Android and simply adds to it, rather than ruining the base Android experience; hence the excitement.

    What is your view on Digital Well-being and what are we doing to support a mindful lifestyle?
    We believe that technology should serve people, not the other way around. Thus, we support initiatives that are meant to help users monitor and, if necessary, limit their smartphone usage. We've always developed our software with user experience in mind, which often means designing software in a way that ensures completing a single action takes as little time as possible. There are multiple examples of this, off-screen gestures and QuickPay being two of the most notable. We're striving to reduce the amount of taps required to perform a single interaction or action. We strongly believe in a balanced approach to software design, which includes balancing smartphone usage.

    Crayon: From a software perspective, our goal is to help users to finish their tasks as soon as possible rather than trapping users in our system. We always keep this concept in mind. When users open one app, how can they recognize what they need to do, and move on to the next step? When they’re done, we want to encourage them to get off the phone and embrace the real world. Smartphones should serve our life, not dominate it.

    Thank you for talking to us today! We can’t wait to see what’s coming to OxygenOS next.
    You’re welcome! We’ll have a lot more to share about the future of OxygenOS soon, so keep an eye out.

    OxygenOS remains one of the most compelling reasons to use a OnePlus device. Much of our software’s success is owed to you, our community. From the name to every single feature and optimization, every aspect of OxygenOS has been carefully tuned and adjusted according to your feedback. Together, we have built arguably the best version of Android available on any smartphone. Thank you!

  2. Cheetosdust
    Moderator, Content Coordinator Moderator Writers' Club Oct 12, 2018

    Cheetosdust , Oct 12, 2018 :
    Thank you, going to finish reading it as I'm really curious about the phone.

    One question (well, two), though:

    So the 6T will have a different UI than the other OnePlus devices? If so, aren't you afraid this is going to split the community and make OnePlus 5, 5T and 6 users ask for the new UI?
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  4. GopalB.
    Nougat Oct 12, 2018

  5. idkwhoiam322
    Nougat Oct 12, 2018

    idkwhoiam322 , Oct 12, 2018 :
    If it is so, I don't like the sound of it.

  6. Plenkske
    Assistant Head Moderator Assistant Head Moderator Oct 12, 2018

    Plenkske , Oct 12, 2018 :
    Nice interview !
    Really wonder what the new UI is, what camera improvements are gonna bring and how the new gestures are like ! These gestures changes are finally a reason for me to seriously try it. The way it is now I dont like it...

  7. Cheetosdust
    Moderator, Content Coordinator Moderator Writers' Club Oct 12, 2018

    Cheetosdust , Oct 12, 2018 :
    Yeah, I just added something to my post.

    I bet a lot of OnePlus 6 users (especially) are not going to be happy with this - and a lot of them are already angry with the new phone :p

  8. idkwhoiam322
    Nougat Oct 12, 2018

    idkwhoiam322 , Oct 12, 2018 :
    That's not why I'm afraid. I don't care about people asking for the new UI, it's only natural to crave for something you don't have, especially when that is new. I'm more worried about the fact that this "new UI" would be not anywhere as close to AOSP as it currently is, which is not what OxygenOS set out to be.

  9. gaster
    Moderator Moderator Oct 12, 2018

    gaster , Oct 12, 2018 :
    Thanks for this great interview. Can't wait to see the new UI!

  10. Tobikage
    General Support Expert Award 2021 Oct 12, 2018

  11. F.Y_Videos2001
    Eclair Oct 12, 2018

  12. Cheetosdust
    Moderator, Content Coordinator Moderator Writers' Club Oct 12, 2018

    Cheetosdust , Oct 12, 2018 :
    If it's actually good, here's what is going to happen:
    • People with other OnePlus phones will be angry, demand the new UI.
    • OnePlus, planning to make it a "temporary exclusive" on the OP6T since day one to boost sales will wait.
    • Post something saying "we listened to our fans. Here's the new UI for you too".

  13. Cheetosdust
    Moderator, Content Coordinator Moderator Writers' Club Oct 12, 2018

    Cheetosdust , Oct 12, 2018 :
    True. Make sure it continues that way. :)

  14. xnutzii
    Lollipop Oct 12, 2018

    xnutzii , Oct 12, 2018 :
    that's exactly (my concern too) what's been mentioned here↓

  15. woSch
    Photography Expert Oct 12, 2018

    woSch , Oct 12, 2018 :
    Thank you for this Update ... can't wait to have 6T in Hand, taking the first Pictures, i know the Team is very, very busy to improve cam app and to implement some thoughts & ideas from Open Ears Forum HH :)

  16. Cheetosdust
    Moderator, Content Coordinator Moderator Writers' Club Oct 12, 2018

  17. youbi
    Head Moderator Head Moderator Oct 12, 2018

    youbi , Oct 12, 2018 :
    Glad to see this coming. Our prayers have been heard. :p The truth is that I love gestures and can't imagine going back. But I did miss a quick change between last app used.

    As for calling the assistant, I've tried that feature on the open beta and didn't really liked it that much. But I guess I will have to give a new try to see if I get used to it.

    I do hope you don't lose the goal you have always had, and don't go crazy on things by giving us a sort of touchwiz and such UI. :eek: :p Stock feel with a few nice tweaks should always be the goal. And that what most have always prayed about Oxygen OS. ;)

  18. AnonymousWP
    The Lab - OnePlus 7 Pro Reviewer Oct 12, 2018

    AnonymousWP , Oct 12, 2018 :
    To be honest, I don't think this will be the case. All T-variants have followed the same update-guidelines and program as the non-T versions. So I think the 6 will also receive this UI change. I don't think OnePlus wants to be scold about leaving 6 month old device behind :p.

  19. Cheetosdust
    Moderator, Content Coordinator Moderator Writers' Club Oct 12, 2018

    Cheetosdust , Oct 12, 2018 :
    So why phrase it like this:


  20. AnonymousWP
    The Lab - OnePlus 7 Pro Reviewer Oct 12, 2018

    AnonymousWP , Oct 12, 2018 :
    To bring up the hype for the people who are doubting to buy the 6T. We've seen this multiple times already. First hyping up people like it's exclusive, and later bringing it to other devices, which is fair.