Oxygen OS 13 arriving soon for OnePlus phone owners


OnePlus has just announced an Open Ears Forum (OEF) discussion around OxygenOS 13 on February 28.


  • The announcement of the OEF event is surprising as the company had earlier announced plans for a unified OxygenOS and ColorOS.
  • OnePlus 10 Pro has been launched in China with ColorOS instead of OxygenOS.
  • The Oxygen OS 12 is already a hybrid OS, that is basically ColorOS with subtle tweaks.

OnePlus recently announced an OEF event on foreign forums, announcing its next-generation operating system OxygenOS 13. The news is surprising as OnePlus had announced in June 2021 the merger of OxygenOS and Oppo’s ColorOS.

Following this, OnePlus ditched the HydrogenOS in favor of ColorOS in China. Later, the global regions received the Android 12 update which effectively made the OxygenOS nothing more than a rebranded ColorOS.

Then recently a report suggested that both the companies will be ditching their operating system names and will rather go for a unified OS with one name which is rumored to be H2OOS.

However, OnePlus has now confirmed that they are working on the OxygenOS 13 based on Android 13.

The latest announcement is in regard to discussing OxygenOS 13 on the Open Ears Forum with their userbase in an effort to create the perfect OxygenOS for OnePlus smartphones. The event is scheduled for February 28 at 7:30 AM EST (6:00 PM in India).

The OnePlus Nord 2 was the first device to launch with OxygenOS that was based on ColorOS. It was quite apparent that the OxygenOS 11.3 release was more of a skin on top of ColorOS as opposed to the OxygenOS that was present on previously released devices like the OnePlus 9 series.

The codebase integration has happened for OxygenOS already, so several OnePlus devices globally are technically running on ColorOS, irrespective of whatever branding OnePlus goes with.

The latest OxygenOS 12 was released in December last year and is based on Android 12, bringing several new features, including improved icons, three-level adjustable dark mode, and more.

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