Oxygen OS: cool new software features on the OnePlus 2

  1. gsaha Gingerbread Aug 2, 2015

    gsaha, Aug 2, 2015 :
    Ever since OnePlus parted ways with the now Microsoft partner Cyanogenmod, the company has been using the Oxygen platform, a light skin on top of what is essentially stock Android. In the OnePlus 2, we get Oxygen OS 2, a version based on Android 5.1.1 and while it does look like pure Android for the most part, it has some neat additions that are worth a separate look.

    Most of the features that OnePlus adds on top of stock Android are customization capabilities, with some of them being very useful and it makes us wonder why other mainstream phone makers haven't adopted those.

    There are also subtler changes and minor tweaks, but nothing too overwhelming. Here's what the new features in Oxygen OS 2.0 are all about.

    1. Fully configurable capacitive keys

    The OnePlus 2 come with three capacitive keys: the middle one (the one with the fingerprint sensor) looks like a physical button, but you cannot actually click it. Around it are two capacitive keys stylized as dashes that light up in blue, and good news is that you can fully customize the function of each one of those keys.

    Quite importantly, if you're not a fan of capacitive keys, you can completely disable them in favor of on-screen navigation buttons a la Nexus. If you choose to use them, you can have them as a multitasking and back key, swap their position, and assign various actions.

    You get to customize what happens upon a long press and upon a double tap. For instance, you can set the home key to open the camera when you double tap it in a way similar to what Samsung does on the Galaxy S6. Here is the full list of custom options that you can assign to the buttons:
    • Open/close menu
    • Recents
    • Search assistant
    • Turn off screen
    • Open camera
    • Voice search
    • Open last used app
    • Open Shelf

    2. The Shelf

    The Shelf is a brand new section, a home panel for frequently used apps and contacts. Those populate automatically, allowing quick access without any manual input. The whole panel in beta, so you might be able to add more widgets and further customize this panel than now. It is positioned on the left-most home panel, similar to HTC's BlinkFeed, and you can also easily disable it altogether with a long press on the screen, then Settings and then Enable Shelf.

    3. Instant unlock using the fingerprint scanner

    The OnePlus 2 features a touch-type fingerprint scanner that OnePlus claims is on par and even faster than the one on the Apple iPhone 6, but the neat thing about this fingerprint sensor is that it allows you to unlock your phone without having to wake the screen first. Basically, you just put your finger on the scanner and the phone will instantly unlock to the home screen - neat!

    4. Icon packs

    Android is the land of the free, allowing you to fully customize the experience and install third-party launchers with icon packs, but you can never be sure about how well optimized those launchers are. Good news is that now you can have the customization option of alternate icon packs while using the stock Oxygen OS launcher. The OnePlus 2 comes with three pre-installed icon packs, so that you can change the stock Android icons to something new and different.

    5. Dark theme

    We saw Google tease a brand new Dark Theme turning all white backgrounds into dark ones for comfortable viewing at night, but that feature is only expected to come in the Android M preview. Good news is that OnePlus did not wait for Android M, and has enabled a Dark theme setting in the OnePlus 2.

    6. Support for gestures

    The OnePlus 2 supports a few gestures that allow an alternative quick way of starting up apps right from the lockscreen. You can enable the neat Double Tap to wake the screen functionality that we know from LG phones, but you also have other supported gestures. For example, you can draw an 'O' to open the camera, or draw a 'V' to start using the LED light as flash light, and you can also draw two vertical lines with two fingers to play or pause music.

    7. Customize colors for accents

    The whole idea of the Material Design language is that you have flat surfaces and a very clear distinction between a background and text. The text for all the icons and menus is something referred to as 'accents', and in the OnePlus 2 you can customize the color of that text. You can have red, green, or even pink accents (other color options are available as well).

    8. Customize LED notification colors

    Finally, the OnePlus 2 allows you to customize the color of LED notifications. For instance, you can set a red notification for missed calls, and blue for messages, so that you can tell apart between the two.

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  2. doolgo Honeycomb Aug 2, 2015

    doolgo, Aug 2, 2015 :
    These are all cool, I just hope Oneplus can give us OTA updates and in a quick manner.
    I don't want to flash my phone for every patch update lol

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  3. dnle71 Gingerbread Aug 2, 2015

    dnle71, Aug 2, 2015 :
    I'd say they make a open beta so that development could be much faster and that way, advanced users have something to play with before releasing the final build for the One.

  4. pdrider Honeycomb Aug 2, 2015

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  5. FayeMarkV Ice Cream Sandwich Aug 2, 2015

    FayeMarkV, Aug 2, 2015 :
    Don't forget! App permissions on OxygenOS! Something CyanogenMod users are quite familiar with (Privacy Guard). :D

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  6. mclanton00 Honeycomb Aug 2, 2015

    mclanton00, Aug 2, 2015 :
    this thread is misleading and nonsense, you said Microsoft partner, do you know they have a lot of partners right? So putting Microsoft in there was either out of ignorance for what you think there partnership is, or just to appeal to anything not android, and from what we know the split obviously had nothing to do with Microsoft, so that's a non point.
    The oxygen OS is missing a lot, and halfbaked.

  7. Dunnow The Lab - OnePlus 6 Reviewer Aug 2, 2015

    Dunnow, Aug 2, 2015 :
    all of those were already implemented in CyanogenOS ...what's your point? See how OxygenOS is playing catch up? those are free to grab gerrit cherry picks from CM... they could add theme engine at least

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  8. aaron.hossain75 KitKat Aug 2, 2015

    aaron.hossain75, Aug 2, 2015 :
    Cool tweaks ! and features we don't need to install third party apps for some extra feature anymore :)
    its simple and easy now on Oxygen OS

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  9. Bloodpuke Honeycomb Aug 2, 2015

    Bloodpuke, Aug 2, 2015 :
    My favorite feature is probably the ability to limit app permissions. Hell privacy guard is pretty much the only reason I've kept cos. I really wish the team behind viper rom would make it available for oneplus. Probably the best custom ROM I've ever used. Mostly only available for HTC though:(

  10. kiran.sampathnr Honeycomb Aug 2, 2015

  11. gsaha Gingerbread Aug 3, 2015

    gsaha, Aug 3, 2015 :
    I think Xiaomi has already used it in different style in Mi3 with kitkat 4.2. But still hoping something new with it.

  12. lek_e30 Donut Aug 4, 2015

  13. onlinejobwork Gingerbread Aug 5, 2015

    onlinejobwork, Aug 5, 2015 :
    Any idea can we use capacitive button and on screen button both together with different function assigned ? Any idea about FM radio ?

  14. Moenmann Cupcake Aug 7, 2015

    Moenmann, Aug 7, 2015 :
    thank you for Customizable LED notification colors :)))) iv'e missed this since i had a galaxy nexus..

  15. zeetle Froyo Aug 8, 2015

    zeetle, Aug 8, 2015 :
    I was looking for this thread the other day. Lot of good information here.

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  16. zsoltsh Cupcake Aug 8, 2015

  17. philipp.haus Eclair Aug 8, 2015

  18. atlnguyen Eclair Aug 8, 2015

    atlnguyen, Aug 8, 2015 :
    Those are nice add ons just hope that the updated os is efficient w battery.

  19. tomascorreia Froyo Aug 8, 2015

    tomascorreia, Aug 8, 2015 :
    Amazing news! Can't wait. The led customization it's really a nice thing to have

  20. hawaibam.ranjit Cupcake Aug 10, 2015