Forum Post Offers New Hints About OnePlus 6T Software

By Holly Brockwell on at

OnePlus is keeping the 6T hype train fully fuelled: a new post on the tech brand's forums gives us a lot of new information about the UI of the new phone.

Like all OnePlus phones, the 6T will run OxygenOS, the brand's own version of Android. It sounds like there's some interesting new stuff planned for OxygenOS on the 6T, including "a whole new UI [...] that you will have to experience for yourself to really understand."

Those words sound like what everyone says about VR, which makes us think there'll be some new kinds of interaction involved. And the forum post seems to confirm that hunch: "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."

What new gestures, you ask? Well...

"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."

Awesomely-named User Experience Lead Crayon Hsieh adds, "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."

It sounds like OnePlus is also embracing the tech mindfulness trend. Hsieh comments:

"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."

Amen. OnePlus promises we'll have "a lot more to share about the future of OxygenOS soon," and of course the phone itself launches at the end of this month and goes on sale a week later, so not long to wait. Get those swiping fingers ready. [AndroidPolice]