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Stable Android 12 update is now rolling out to the OnePlus Nord 2 5G (or is it?)

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Love it or hate it for how it makes the . influenced OnePlus’ brand image and “never settle” mantra, the mid-range Nord family is the undeniable gift that continues to deliver incredible value at very reasonable prices around the world.

In less than two years, we’ve seen more solid Nord-branded contenders for the titles of best budget and affordable phones than this writer can count on on the fingers of one hand, and possibly the best device of the bunch is said to get even better right now.
curious follow in the footsteps of its predecessor from 2020 instead of the other way around, last year’s Nord 2 5G is currently receiving a stable over-the-air Android 12 update with a confusing beta tag. Since OnePlus itself has yet to confirm the rollout and publish an official changelog on the company’s forums, it’s very possible that this is in fact still a beta update accidentally pushed to the masses.
But with the open beta program kicked off a little over a month ago, the opposite scenario feels much more likely meaning you’re probably looking at a finished goodie pack tipping the scales to nearly 5GB (!!!) while you accidentally have the above beta tag with you.
Anyway, the update can only be downloaded and installed in India at the time of writing (by beta testers and “regular” OnePlus Nord 2 5G users alike), though that’s far from unusual for the company, which no doubt plans to spread the love to other regions soon.
Generally described as smooth and hassle-free, at least for now, the first major OS update for this Android 11-released handset is already out. presenting some bugs for a few early adopterswhich is also (unfortunately) not uncommon for stable OnePlus OTA delivery.
Some of the best from Google Android 12 tweaks and features are, of course, sprinkled with OxygenOS 12 proprietary improvements and optimizations at the top to make up a long list of changes and add-ons shared with the world by multiple lucky (and not so lucky) Nord 2 owners. Here it is in all its splendor:
  • Newly added Smart Battery Engine, a feature that extends battery life based on smart algorithms and biomimetic self-healing technology;
  • Optimized AI System Booster to 2.1 so that your system runs smoothly even when the load is high;
  • Optimized desktop icons with improved textures, using a design inspired by brand new materials and uniting lights and layers;
  • Optimized Extra HD, a feature that can significantly improve image and video resolutions.

dark mode

  • Support for three adjustable levels, for a more personalized and comfortable user experience.

Shelf

  • Additional map styling options, making data content more visual and easier to read;
  • Newly added access to OnePlus Scout in Shelf, allowing you to search multiple content 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

  • The feature is now available to all users, allowing you to effortlessly switch between work and private mode via quick settings;
  • WLB 2.0 supports automatic switching between Work/Life mode based on specific locations, Wi-Fi network and time, and also brings custom app notification profiles based on the personalization.

Gallery

  • You can now switch between different layouts by pinching with two fingers, intelligently recognizing the best quality photos and cropping the thumbnail according to the content, making the gallery layout more enjoyable.

Canvas AOD

  • New diverse styles of lines and colors, for a more personalized lock screen experience with inspiring images;
  • Optimized software algorithm and improved facial recognition to better identify the features and skin color of various figures.

Spell

  • HyperBoost end-to-end frame rate stabilizer added.

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