OnePlus today formally committed to service its handsets with two years of feature updates and three years of security updates.
“In order to provide our community with best in class software maintenance and upgrade cycle, we are officially announcing OnePlus Software Maintenance Schedule,” a post in the OnePlus forums notes. “There will be two years of regular software updates from the release date of the phone (release dates of T variants would be considered), including new features, Android versions, Android security patches and bug fixes and an additional year of Android security patch updates every two months.”
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So that’s good news: It removes some uncertainty about the OnePlus handsets, which are largely sold directly to consumers. And it matches how Google and other major Android handset makers service their own hardware.
As OnePlus also notes, this schedule applies to all OnePlus 3/3T, OnePlus 5/5T, and OnePlus 6 devices and is effective immediately.
<blockquote><a href="#286827"><em>In reply to Waethorn:</em></a></blockquote><p><br></p><p>Probably a month or so behind, not more than that. They are currently testing a 5T update with the June 2018 patches for example. It's unlikely this will be pushed out to the stable release branch until early July.</p><p><br></p><p>I imagine based on this announcement, they'll start testing the next update in August and that will contain August 2018 patches, and it will be released to the stable branch in September.</p><p><br></p><p>So I think you'll always be at least one month behind which is unfortunate but a huge improvement over the bad old days.</p>
<blockquote><a href="#286823"><em>In reply to lvthunder:</em></a></blockquote><p><br></p><p>I think part of the problem on Android is QUALCOMM for example aren't interested in supporting old chips for every long. From what I understand, Google are paying QUALCOMM to help them support Pixel phones longer than in the past – and perhaps they are allowing that support to filter out to the wider ecosystem to allow everyone to support devices a bit longer than in the past. But I don't think it ever gets better than this. Both QUALCOMM and the OEMs have an huge incentive to push everyone along to the new architectures as quickly possible by selling them new devices.</p>
<p>The imortant caveat is from the date of the release of the phone. </p><p><br></p><p>If you want software updates. Only Apple provide this.</p>