September 29, 2020

OnePlus teases a nifty timeline-inspired always-on display design

With this interface, you won't need to go to your phone's settings menu to see how many times you've unlocked it.

OnePlus 8 Pro screen in hand 1

  • OnePlus CEO Pete Lau shared a new video detailing Oxygen OS 11’s always-on display functionality.
  • The video showcases a design called Time.
  • The interface keeps track of how many times you’ve unlocked your phone throughout the day.

Back in March, OnePlus said it would finally add an always-on display feature to Oxygen OS. In recent weeks, the company has been teasing potential designs, and we just got a look at another new one. In a post on Chinese social media platform Weibo first spotted by Sparrow News, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau shared a video detailing a partnership the company established with the Parsons School of Design in New York.

Check out the video below.

OnePlus always-on display design video

Featured throughout the video is an always-on display design called “Time.� With help from the OnePlus UI team, Parsons student Julie Zhu created the interface. The design features a digital clock that moves across the display as the day progresses. Each time you use your OnePlus phone, it marks the interaction on the timeline.

You can also see how many times you’ve unlocked your device and how much battery you have left at the top and bottom of the screen. It’s a smart way to make part of Android’s Digital Wellbeing functionality glanceable.

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Keep in mind the Time interface is likely one of several always-on display options OnePlus will ship with Oxygen OS 11. In July, Lau shared an analog clock design, for example.

OnePlus owners likely won’t need to wait long to get this design and others on their devices. In a recent community forum post, Lau said the company plans to release the final developer preview of Oxygen OS 11, which includes the always-on display feature, on August 10.

“… once we’ve squashed most of the big bugs and improved overall stability, we’ll release a full open beta to let even more of you try it out,� Lau added. If you’re brave enough, you can try modding the feature onto your OnePlus device. But for most people, it’s best to wait.