OnePlus is making a significant change to its mobile OS department to further improve software efficiency and standardize the experience across all of its products. Following its recent merger with Oppo, the company will integrate the OxygenOS and Oppo’s ColorOS codebase in the coming days. As a result of this major change, the company is switching to a new update program for its devices. It will guarantee 3 years of major Android updates and 4 years of security updates for OnePlus flagship devices.
This Chinese giant published the new change via an official blog post on its community forum recently. The move comes after OnePlus realized it needs “significantly more resources and a larger technology platform” to serve its ever-growing user base. Therefore, the company will take advantage of its partnership with Oppo to improve OxygenOS.
New OxygenOS update program for OnePlus phones
After integration, OnePlus will maintain an improved maintenance program throughout the life cycle of its products. As a result, this OnePlus 8 series also newer devices will receive 3 major Android updates and 4 years of security updates. OnePlus users have been requesting this change for a long time, especially after Samsung promised to deliver Android updates to several of its smartphone lines for 4 years.
In addition, the first OnePlus Nord devices and the newer Nord / Nord CE devices will receive 2 major Android updates and 3 years of security updates. The lower-end OnePlus Nord N series, that is, Nord N10, N100, and N200, on the other hand, will receive 1 major Android update and 3 years of security updates.
Now, it is worth considering that this flagship device that came before this OnePlus 8 series will follow the current maintenance schedule. This suggests that they will receive 2 major Android updates also 3 years of security updates.
OxygenOS + ColorOS integration: What does it mean?
If you recall, earlier this year when the OnePlus 9 series was launched in China, CEO Pete Lau announced that the flagship series will ship with ColorOS 11 instead of HydrogenOS (the Chinese counterpart to OxygenOS) in its home country. Well, today’s announcement builds on that move.
This codebase integration is happening, which suggests that we will notice a greater similarity (also influence) of ColorOS in OxygenOS. But OxygenOS will remain the primary operating system for OnePlus phones in global markets. In addition, it will be built on a more stable and resistant platform.
The change in OxygenOS will automatically apply to new devices. As for existing devices that are still on the maintenance schedule, the change will be applied via an OTA update in conjunction with Android 12.
Also, as the integration will happen behind the scenes, OnePlus says that most users wouldn’t even notice the change. However, the company believes that the new change will ensure a better software experience in the future.