OnePlus merges OxygenOS and ColorOS to provide three years of Android updates

After announcing that OnePlus and OPPO will merge more teams behind the scenes, the inevitable happened. OnePlus just announced that OxygenOS and ColorOS will come closer, but the advantage is that OnePlus devices will receive Android updates for three years or more.

In today’s forum post, a plus explained that OPPO sub-brands are “trying to integrate OxygenOS and ColorOS code base.” Obviously, this change will not be noticed because it is happening behind the scenes. Now the company has a larger and more capable developer team, more advanced R&D resources, and a more streamlined development process, all of which will work together to improve the OxygenOS experience.

OnePlus also further reiterated that OxygenOS will still be the global operating system for OnePlus branded devices, not ColorOS, which also runs on OPPO devices and OnePlus devices in China, but the development team did not mention whether OxygenOS will happen visually. Changes, but based on early observations of the Android 12 beta available for OnePlus 9 devices, this is fairly obvious.

However, the optimistic side of this change is that OnePlus will bring a stronger and longer Android update plan to provide at least three years of support for the company’s entire product portfolio.

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The new schedule is broken down as follows:

  • The flagship product series (including T/R), the OnePlus 8 series and newer devices will get 3 major versions of Android updates and 4 years of security updates.
  • Nord/Nord CE, the first OnePlus Nord and newer Nord/Nord CE devices will get 2 major Android version updates and 3 years of security updates.
  • Nord N series, starting from N10 and N100, all N series devices will receive 1 major version of Android update and 3 years of security updates.

This new timeline and Samsung closer to the offer, Samsung also provides three major updates and security updates for Galaxy flagship four years and in the end some equipment. However, OnePlus did not mention the schedule of security updates. Generally speaking, OnePlus updates once every two months, which is slower than the release speed of Pixel and Samsung.

OnePlus also pointed out that this new schedule will not apply to many old phones. Only the OnePlus 8 series or newer products are eligible to enjoy this new schedule, which means that the OnePlus 7 series released in 2019 will still receive the last major update this year. Operator’s customized models may also cause trouble for these plans because OnePlus said that software updates for these devices will “follow the requirements of our operator partners.”

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