OnePlus Announces Android P Update for OnePlus 3/3T

Android P is almost ready for public release. Google has been testing the next update to Android with some of its OEM partners, as well as its own Pixel devices. The Android P beta has been available on some of OnePlus’ flagships, and the firm is now announcing that it will be bringing Android P to the OnePlus 3 and 3T, a device that was released back in 2016.

The company announced its commitment to three years of updates for the OnePlus 3/3T, 5/5T, 6, as well as future devices. And the release of Android P for OnePlus 3/3T is likely part of that effort. To focus on the Android P release, OnePlus will not be bringing Android Oreo 8.1 to the OnePlus 3/3T. Instead, it will only release Android P.

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“We’ve been listening to questions asking about our next major update for the OnePlus 3 and 3T. After internal discussions and evaluation, we have decided to focus our development resources on the Android P project instead of upgrading the device to Android 8.1, so that we can offer more exciting features and improvements for our OnePlus 3 and 3T users,” the firm said in a forum post.

OnePlus is yet to announce when exactly the Android P update will be available for the OnePlus 3/3T, or any of its recent flagships, other than the fact that it will be available “in the coming months.” Still, considering the fact that OnePlus has been quite inconsistent when it comes to updates for older phones, this is definitely a welcome change.

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  • petteri

    30 July, 2018 - 12:35 pm

    <p>This is a welcome surprise! I just received a security update and a minor update a few days ago and that was a mild shock. I had no idea support was continuing. </p>

  • Mikael Koskinen

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    30 July, 2018 - 12:46 pm

    <p>I think OnePlus 3 was actually released in 2016, not in 2013.</p>

    • Mehedi Hassan

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      30 July, 2018 - 1:06 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#296812">In reply to MikaelKoskinen:</a></em></blockquote><p>Thanks, fixed :)</p>

  • abnerdominguez

    30 July, 2018 - 12:52 pm

    <p>Great news! Small correction; the 3/3T were released in 2016.</p>

  • CaedenV

    30 July, 2018 - 12:55 pm

    <p>I am using the OnePlus 3, and man… this phone has legs!</p><p>Yes, the battery was never great (and has not gotten better with age), but last week I got the July security patches, and now we are getting P… That is nearly unheard of for such an old handset. Certainly a consideration to keep in mind while I am looking at new phones. I have mostly been looking at Chinese manufacturers this time around, but all of these updates are making me think I should stick with OnePlus.</p>

  • jimchamplin

    Premium Member
    30 July, 2018 - 12:57 pm

    <p>Why three years? Why not “as long as the hardware can run the software reliably and acceptably?”</p>

    • ben55124

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      30 July, 2018 - 2:20 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#296818">In reply to jimchamplin:</a></em></blockquote><p>Because they want you to buy their new phones? OP is going the extra mile on this — perhaps to make amends for the OP1/2/X. I don't see the perpetual Windows update model applying to android. Oh well, good for me and my OP3 which is now into its "bonus" year.</p>

    • nicholas_kathrein

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      30 July, 2018 - 2:23 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#296818">In reply to jimchamplin:</a></em></blockquote><p>3 Years is great. You think Apple would be doing update for old iPhones if they didn't already make 30 or 40 percent profit on it when it was sold originally? They built up a lot of money and can use that to pay people to update the old phones. I also have to point out their updates on old phones has been pretty bad up until this newest version of iOS. Everyone thought it was on purpose to get people with $$$ to buy a newer phone. In the end Apple focused most of their engineers on the newest phone / phones and only a few on the old ones which meant the older phones which were between 2 to 4 years old ran worse than the existing versions of iOS. So it wasn't so "great" for many owners of old phones as they got the update and it ran slow and crashed more than the older version and it usually took around 6 to 8 months of updates before the phone ran as fast as the previous OS. So a lot of suffering in between as you can't roll back.</p>

  • UbelhorJ

    Premium Member
    30 July, 2018 - 1:49 pm

    <p>I honestly wasn't even expecting 8.1.</p><p>I guess I'll just keep this phone for another year then.</p>

  • nicholas_kathrein

    Premium Member
    30 July, 2018 - 2:17 pm

    <p>Great! Way to go One Plus! </p>

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  • GarethB

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    01 August, 2018 - 10:05 pm

    <p>Sorry, I came to look at dcdevito's post about how OnePlus never updates anything.</p><p>Will have to check again….</p>

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