OnePlus Nord of the first generation beats the sequel to the stable Android 12 punch

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Inaugurated almost two years ago, the OnePlus Nord family has quickly grown into some of the best budget phones available in 2022 in many major markets around the world.

That’s mainly due to a great balance of raw power and affordability, with models such as the N10 5G, N200 5G and the recently released N20 5G that shines positively in the hardware specs department… while largely unimpressive from a software and software support standpoint.
Interestingly enough, that doesn’t seem to be the case as far as the OG OnePlus Nord is concerned, with Last year’s Android 11 update is currently being followed by an official Android 12 promotion. While not exactly blazing fast by, say, Samsung’s standards, this over-the-air delivery is likely to be treated as a very nice surprise by quite a few owners of the 6.44-inch device that laid the groundwork for the flooding of the Galaxy. brand north. of the past 18 months or so.
This is partly because the slightly newer (and admittedly lower) North N100 and N10 5G is not meant to receive Android 12 goodies not at all† Then there’s the appropriate name Nord 2, the direct sequel to the first-generation 5G-enabled Nord, has yet to be upgraded to a stable form of the latest version of Google’s leading mobile operating system.
The original OnePlus Nord even beats the hot new one Nord N20 5G to the Android 12-based OxygenOS 12 punch, which is virtually unprecedented… and nearly impossible to explain or justify to early adopters of the latter handset.
As usual, OnePlus is only willing to commit to an “incremental” OTA deliverywith a “small percentage of users” apparently reached over the weekend and a “wider rollout” that will happen “within a few days” if everything goes according to the original plan.
For now, it looks like the stable update is happening exclusively in India, but many other countries are likely to follow suit soon. The same, of course, applies to the aforementioned Nord 2 5G, whose open Android 12 beta program started a few weeks ago. Similar public testing launched for the OG Nord in early April, so it shouldn’t be long before the second-generation model completes development on the revised OS.
Said revisions, tweaks, and improvements seem to weigh in at a whopping 4GB (!!!) for Nord users who chose to sit out the open beta program, with April 2022 security patches included over the air package alongside all of the next one, according to XDA-Developers


  • [Added] Smart Battery Engine, a feature that extends your battery life based on smart algorithms and biomimetic self-healing technology;
  • [Optimized] Desktop icons with enhanced textures, using a design inspired by brand new materials, uniting lights and layers.

dark mode

  • [Supported] Three adjustable levels, for a more personalized and comfortable user experience.


  • [Added] New additional map style options, making data content more visual and easier to read;
  • [Added] Access OnePlus Scout in Shelf, allowing you to search multiple content on your phone, including apps, settings, media data, etc.

work life balance

  • [Added] Work Life Balance function, which allows you to switch effortlessly between Work and Life mode via quick settings;
  • [Supported] Automatic switching between work and life mode, based on specific locations, Wi-Fi network and time, and also brings custom app notification profiles based on the personalization.


  • [Supported] Switch between different layouts with a two-finger pinch, intelligently recognize the best quality photos and crop the thumbnail according to the content, making the gallery layout more enjoyable.

Canvas AOD

  • [Added] New diverse styles of lines and colors, for a more personalized lock screen experience with inspiring images;
  • [Added] Multiple brushes and strokes and color matching support;
  • [Optimized] Software algorithm and enhanced facial recognition to better identify the features and skin color of various figures.


  • [Added] HyperBoost end-to-end frame rate stabilizer;
  • [Added] Voice effect sample that allows you to record your voice effect or check your voice effect in real time.

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