OxygenOS 12 Open Beta 1 Announced For OnePlus Nord 2 Users


OnePlus has been pushing out the beta version of Android 12 and a stable version of its smartphones over the past few months. In the past couple of months, the company has pushed the Open Beta updates for the OnePlus 8, 8 Pro, 8T and 9R smartphones and also, the company rolled out an open beta update for the first Nord device, the OnePlus Nord.

Now, the company has announced the first open OxygenOS 12 beta Based on Android 12 for the OnePlus Nord 2. The Nord 2 is arguably the best mid-range phone launched in 2021. Interested users can now try out the Android 12 beta on their Nord 2 devices. While the update is for the Nord 2 phones, OnePlus says some of the features may disappear after upgrading on the Nord 2 Pac-Man Edition. So, the update is not recommended for Pac-Man Edition users. But, for those who have the Nord 2 and are interested here are all the changes and how you can try out the new version.

OnePlus Nord 2 Android 12 Open Beta 1 Available Now

The update comes in 4.57GB size, so make sure you have enough space to download and install the update. While updating to the open beta build does not remove the existing data, it is better to keep a copy of the data in case something goes wrong. Here is the official changelog.

  • System
    • Newly added Smart Battery Engine, a feature that prolongs battery life based on smart algorithms and biomimetic self-restoration technology
    • Optimized AI System Booster to 2.1 for your system to run smoothly even when the load is high
    • Optimized desktop icons with improved textures, by using a design inspired by brand-new materials and uniting lights and layers
    • Optimized Extra HD, a feature that can significantly enhance image and video resolutions
  • Dark mode
    • Dark mode now supports three adjustable levels, bringing a more personalized and comfortable user experience
  • Shelf
    • New additional style options for Cards, making data contents more visual and easier to read
    • Newly added access to OnePlus Scout in Shelf, allowing you to search multiple contents on your phone, including Apps, Settings, Media Data, etc
    • Newly added OnePlus Watch Card in Shelf, to easily glance at your health status
  • Work-Life Balance
    • Work-Life Balance feature is now available to all users, allowing you to effortlessly switch between Work and Life mode via quick settings
    • WLB 2.0 now supports automatic Work/Life mode switching, based on specific locations, Wi-Fi network, and time, also bringing customized App notification profiles according to the personalization
  • Gallery
    • Gallery now allows you to switch between different layouts with a two-finger pinch gesture, intelligently recognizing the best-quality pictures, and cropping the thumbnail based on the content, making the gallery layout more pleasing
  • Canvas AOD
    • Canvas AOD brings you new diverse styles of lines and colours, for a more personalized lock screen experience with inspiring visuals
    • Optimized software algorithm and improved face recognition to better identify the features and skin colour of different figures
  • Games
    • Newly added the HyperBoost end-to-end frame rate stabilizer

How To Install Android 13 Beta on OnePlus Nord 2

  • Click on this link to download the ROM upgrade zip package
  • Copy the ROM upgrade package to the phone’s internal storage/ root folder
  • Power off the phone > Press and hold the Power button and Volume Down button for 10 seconds at the same time
  • Choose a language to enter the Recovery mode -> Click Install from Storage
  • Click on the corresponding installation package -> upgrade -> System upgrade completed to 100%
  • After the upgrade is complete, click Restart
  • Your phone will be updated

Note: This is India specific ROM, so it is not recommended for users outside India