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Oxygen OS is a customized version of the Android operating system developed by Chinese smartphone manufacturer OnePlus exclusively for their smartphones.

Best OxygenOS features:
⦁ App locker
⦁ Gestures
⦁ Shelf
⦁ Gaming/Fanatic mode and Smart Boost
⦁ Zen Mode
⦁ Parallel apps

1. App locker
App locker secures your data-sensitive apps from prying eyes. You have to use a PIN or the fingerprint scanner to open an app, which means only you can use it. The feature can be enabled for every app on your device.The feature is super useful, especially if you have nosy friends (or kids) who love playing with your device. You can use it for budgeting apps to make sure no one sees your financial info or apps like Messenger that contain private conversations between you and others. I also use it for Google Photos because I don’t want anyone going through my images.

2. Gestures
OxygenOS supports both on- and off-screen gestures to help you get things done faster. On-screen gestures replace the standard navigation bar at the bottom of the screen (home, back, and multitasking buttons), which gives the UI a cleaner look. These gestures are different than the native Android 9 Pie gestures that come with the operating system (the ones focused around the “pill” icon).

Once enabled, swiping up from the bottom center edge will go to the home screen, swiping up from the bottom right edge will go back, and swiping up from the bottom center edge and holding your finger on the screen brings up the multitasking window. It takes getting used to but works like a charm. Off-screen gestures are less complicated and even more useful. They allow you to draw an O, V, S, M, or W on the display when it’s turned off to open an app of choice. It works great for the flashlight, camera, and any other app you want to launch quickly. There are also gestures available for music control: swipe two fingers down the display to pause/play or draw the < or > characters to move to the previous or next track. Other gestures include double-tapping the screen to turn it on/off and swiping down the display with three fingers to capture a screenshot.

3. Shelf
Shelf is a productivity tool on your home screen. It shows the current weather, lets you create notes, and offers quick access to recent contacts and apps. There’s also a “Dashboard” feature available, which shows your phone’s available storage, the current battery percentage, and how much data you have left in a given billing cycle. Shelf is customizable, but only to a point. You can add in widgets from any app you have installed on your device and delete the ones you don’t care about. You can also edit notes, although this feature wasn’t available from the very beginning. You can’t choose which contacts it shows, as Shelf only lists the last five to ten you’ve called.

4. Gaming mode, Fanatic mode, and Smart Boost
Gaming mode is an OxygenOS feature that’s designed to cut out distractions while you’re playing games. It lets you block all notifications except for alarms and calls, and lock captive buttons to make sure you don’t press any of them accidentally. On newer OnePlus devices, you can also disable automatic brightness during gaming sessions.
To set up Gaming mode, head to Settings > Utilities > Gaming mode. You’ll find a list of various options including “Lock buttons” and “Block notifications,” which you can enable with a simple tap. Once that’s done, select the “Add apps for Gaming mode” option below and choose the games during which you don’t want to be disturbed.

5. Zen mode
With the introduction of the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro, the company launched a new OxygenOS feature called Zen mode. Zen mode takes the idea behind Gaming mode and Fanatic mode but applies it to your everyday life by forcing you to put down your phone.When you activate Zen mode, your phone goes into a kind of lock down: you will be unable to do anything with your phone for a full 20 minutes. The only exceptions are taking photos and making emergency phone calls.

6. Parallel apps
This OxygenOS feature is aimed at those who have multiple Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media accounts. Instead of constantly logging out of one account and into the other, you can create a cloned version of an app to use both accounts at the same time.Setting up a parallel app is a breeze. Go to Settings > Apps > Parallel Apps to see all the supported apps. Tap the toggle switch next to the social network of choice and a parallel app will automatically be created and placed in the app drawer. Launch it, sign in with your secondary account, and you’re good to go.

These are the top six OxygenOS features in my opinion, although a few other great ones also come to mind. These include Face Unlock, which allows you to unlock your device just by looking at it, and Night Mode that filters out blue light. Then there’s also the option to capture a screenshot of an entire page and the ability to hide the notch on the OnePlus 6, 6T, and 7. And let’s not forget about Reading Mode, which displays content in monochrome for a better reading experience.

Android

Android is a mobile operating system developed by Google, based on the Linux kernel and designed primarily for touchscreen mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.

Android top 10 Features

With the Android operating system (OS) KitKat version 4.4 rolling out to mobile devices across the globe, Google is on to something—Android is now more popular than iOS or the Windows phone. The OS tends to garner rave reviews for its ease of use and open source, but many iOS or Windows phone users argue that their preferred operating system can do just as much. In some respects that’s true, but here are 10 features unique to Android’s OS.

1) Near Field Communication (NFC)
Most Android devices support NFC, which allows electronic devices to easily interact across short distances. The main aim here is to create a payment option that is simpler than carrying credit cards or cash, and while the market hasn’t exploded as many experts had predicted, there may be an alternative in the works, in the form of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE).

2) Alternate Keyboards
Android supports multiple keyboards and makes them easy to install; the SwiftKey, Skype, and 8 pen apps all offer ways to quickly change up your keyboard style. Other mobile operating systems either don’t permit extra keyboards at all, or the process to install and use them is tedious and time-consuming.

3) Infrared Transmission
The Android operating system supports a built-in infrared transmitter, allowing you to use your phone or tablet as a remote control.

4) No-Touch Control
Using Android apps such as Wave Control, users can control their phones touch-free, using only gestures. Have messy hands but need to turn off your screen or change a song? Simple. This could prove especially useful if you’re driving, so you can keep both eyes on the road.

5) Automation
The Tasker app lets you not only control app permissions but also automate them. Do you only want your location services to be active during the day? Want to create a customized way to start your music—for example, with a voice command and at a certain volume? Tasker can help.

6) Wireless App Downloads
Accessing app stores on any mobile device can be frustrating, but iOS makes it a little more difficult—download an app on your computer, and it won’t sync to your mobile device until you plug in and access iTunes. Using the Android Market or third-party options like App Brain, meanwhile, let you download apps on your PC and then automatically sync them your Droid, no plugging required.

7) Storage and Battery Swap
Android phones also have unique hardware capabilities. Google’s OS makes it possible to remove and upgrade your battery or to replace one that no longer holds a charge. In addition, Android phones come with SD card slots for expandable storage.

8) Custom Home Screens
While it’s possible to hack certain phones to customize the home screen, Android comes with this capability from the get-go. Download a third-party launcher like Nova, Apex, or Slide and you can add gestures, new shortcuts, or even performance enhancements for older-model devices.

9) Widgets
Apps are versatile, but sometimes you want information at a glance instead of having to open an app and wait for it to load. Android widgets let you display just about any feature you choose, right on the home screen—including weather apps, music widgets, or productivity tools that helpfully remind you of upcoming meetings or approaching deadlines.

10) Custom ROMs
This is a big one. Because the Android operating system is open-source, developers can tweak the current OS and build their own versions, which users can download and install in place of the stock OS. Some are filled with features, while others change the look and feel of a device. Chances are if there’s a feature you want, someone has already built a custom ROM for it.

Oxygen OS does many things way better than the stock Android does. While, they have improved stock Android a lot, I think there are a few things they can still improve to make the experience even better. They could make split-screen easier to use, and I am not a fan of the UI changes like using the older icons and font. I really wish they change it: it’s the only thing that makes me dislike OxygenOS. Don’t get me wrong: OxygenOs is really good, and I’d prefer it over stock android at any time. However, in my opinion, they have the potential to make the experience even better than what it is currently.

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