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OnePlus halts Android 11 stable update for OnePlus Nord

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Update: March 11, 2021 (04:34 PM ET): Earlier this month, OnePlus started pushing out a stable OnePlus Nord update with Oxygen OS 11, based on Android 11. However, the company has since halted the rollout.

According to a forum post by a OnePlus staff member, there were simply too many bugs in the software. Here’s what they had to say:

We’ve noticed that many of you have queries about the availability of Nord’s Android 11 update. The update has been temporarily paused to ensure a smooth user experience, due to some bugs that have been detected. We are now trying our best to investigate and will release an updated build ASAP in the near future. Users who have installed the previous version can get the issues fixed through the later version updates. Thank you very much for your patience.

Apparently, if you are already running Android 11 on your Nord, you’re stuck with the bugs until the next update reaches you. You could always downgrade back to Android 10, but that would require a full wipe of your data. That’s a tough call.

We’ll let you know when the stable Android 11 update starts rolling out again.

Original article: August 10, 2020 (5:09 AM ET): Welcome to the OnePlus Nord update hub. Here you’ll find all the latest information about new and historical software updates for the OnePlus Nord. We’ll list the current software version for the phone and regularly update the hub as and when new updates roll out.

OnePlus phones run the company’s proprietary skin called Oxygen OS based on Android. OnePlus is usually very good with software updates and the OnePlus Nord should be no different.

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OnePlus Nord

After years of only releasing top-tier flagships, OnePlus is back in the mid-range category with the OnePlus Nord. It cuts some corners, but we think many people will really like this phone — especially because of its £379 price tag.

OnePlus Nord updates

  • Current stable version: Oxygen OS based on Android 10
  • When will OnePlus Nord get Android 11?: March 2021 (Estimated)

The OnePlus Nord officially launched on July 21 with Oxygen OS 10.5 based on Android 10. Just like other OnePlus phones, the OnePlus Nord will also get two years of software updates and three years of security updates — Android 11 in 2020 and Android 12 in 2021. It could even get an upgrade to Android 13 in 2022, as the OnePlus 3T received four versions of Android during its lifespan (Marshmallow, Nougat, Oreo, and Pie).

OnePlus rolled out (h/t Gadgets360) Oxygen OS 10.5.1 to the OnePlus Nord just a day after its launch. The software carried improvements for the depth sensor and indoor image quality. It also optimized power efficiency for 4K video recording at 60fps and improved the overall video recording experience.

A few days later, OnePlus announced Oxygen OS 10.5.2 for the OnePlus Nord. It came with newly adapted firmware for the OnePlus Buds, optimized the process of starting the camera with gestures, improved video calling, and introduced the July 2020 security patch to the phone. It also optimized power efficiency for 4K video shooting with the front camera alongside other stability improvements.

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Related: OnePlus Nord price and availability: The info you need

In early August, the OnePlus Nord started getting its third software update in the form of Oxygen OS 10.5.3. This was a small one and just carried some system stability improvements.

On August 10, OnePlus started rolling out Oxygen OS 10.5.4 for the OnePlus Nord. This update improves the launch speed of the Gallery app, enhances the display experience, and fixes an issue with music playing in the background while using the front camera. The update further improves video call quality, color accuracy, and white balance of low-light selfies, as well as the vibrancy and color accuracy of the macro camera.

Later on August 24, OnePlus rolled out Oxygen OS 10.5.5 to the OnePlus Nord. The update brought a number of system bug fixes and power improvements to the phone. It also improved image clarity of the front camera in low light conditions as well as clarity of the macro camera.

In early September, OnePlus pushed Oxygen OS 10.5.7 to the Nord. The update wasn’t massively exciting but did bring improvements to power consumption and 4K 60fps video stabilization. Surprisingly, the Android security patch for August was missing from the equation.

In October, Oxygen OS 10.5.8 brought the September security patch to the Nord, alongside system tweaks, and optimizations to the camera, display, and network hardware.

Later that month, OnePlus rolled out Oxygen OS 10.5.9 to the OnePlus Nord. It focused primarily on updates to Game Space. Some system tweaks, Bluetooth fixes, and network stability updates also featured. The update also brought the Android security patch for October to the Nord.

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In December, OnePlus rolled out Oxygen OS 10.5.10 to the phone with the December Android security patch.

Early January 2021 saw the release of the first Oxygen OS 11 beta arrive on the Nord. Along with the major update to Android 11, the update also included a new UI, new clock styles, a dark mode, and a new shelf interface.

At the end of January, the second Oxygen OS 11 beta update made its appearance. It brought a lengthy changelog, with fixes to system issues and tweaks to the camera and messaging apps. It also featured the Android Security Patch for January 2021.

OnePlus rolled out the third Oxygen OS 11 beta update in early February. It was predominantly a bug-fixing update that addressed a number of system, camera, Ambient Display, and Clock issues.

The company rolled out a stable 10.5.11 update on February 23. It only delivered “improved system stability” and the January 2021 security patch.

On March 1, OnePlus reportedly started pushing out the stable Android 11 build to some users. The update, dubbed Oxygen OS 11.AC01BA, is said to weigh in at almost 3GB.

Those are all the OnePlus Nord updates we know about till now.

Let us know which OnePlus Nord update you’re rocking in the comments, and if you’ve spotted a recent update we’ve missed, tip us!

Are you looking for another device update? Head to our general Android 10 update tracker at the link.

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