OnePlus is Making OS, Support Lifecycle Changes

Posted on July 2, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Mobile, Android with 10 Comments

In the wake of its announcement about OnePlus merging with Oppo, the firm revealed that it is merging their respective mobile OSes as well. The firm also revealed a new support lifecycle.

“We created OxygenOS based on the idea that fast and smooth software is fundamental for a good smartphone experience,” an Oxygen OS product lead identified as Gary C. writes. “Since then, OxygenOS has proven to be one of the best Android operating systems available on the global market.”

I agree with that. So I’m curious why OnePlus would move to change its approach to developing this platform. But this is good news, as it turns out. According to Mr. C., it’s all about the same issues that required OnePlus to become part of Oppo: It needs “significantly more resources” to deliver what it calls a world-class user experience.

Here’s the plan: OnePlus is working to integrate the codebases of OxygenOS, its custom version of Android, with ColorOS, the version Oppo uses in its handsets. Mr. C. claims that users won’t see any changes as a result because it’s happening behind the scenes. And that a more streamlined development process and the combined resources of both teams, will result in better efficiency, stability, and reliability.

More to the point, OnePlus will continue to offer OxygenOS to its users, now and in the future. And even better, OnePlus is improving its product support life cycles.

Going forward, flagship devices—including the OnePlus 8 series and newer devices, plus any T/R variants—will receive three major Android updates and four years of security updates. Nord and Nord CE handsets will receive two major Android updates and three years of security updates. And the Nord N series, starting with the N10 and N100, will receive one major Android update and three years of security updates. (Flagship devices released before the OnePlus 8 series will continue to get two major Android updates and three years of security updates.)

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10 responses to “OnePlus is Making OS, Support Lifecycle Changes”

  1. JH_Radio

    I think Samsung started a trend. 'Bout damn time!

    • winner

      Of course Google was doing updates reliably for a long time (both OS and security), and they are the fastest.

  2. ebraiter

    Samsung announced it's Galaxy Enterprise Editions will get 5 years of support....

  3. rmlounsbury

    At least most of the Android OEM's now offer decent OS update terms. Is about time that OnePlus stop masquerading around as though they are separate from Oppo.

    I imagine that eventually ColorOS will replace OxygenOS in the future. They are awfully similar as it is.

  4. peterc

    Well that’s great news on the day I took shipment of my new OnePlus 9 pro! ACE. I gotta say holding the OP 9pro in the hand makes my iPhone 11 feel like a cumbersome brick!

    >> So I’m curious why OnePlus would move to change its approach to developing this platform

    Lets see what they do with regards the mobile OS choice for the Chinese home market handsets. In fact keep an eye on all Chinese handset manufacturers as under the Chinese Govt “self reliance” initiatives they would be moving to an OS choice free from US licensing and US Govt foreign policy manipulation.

    The simple obvious answer maybe we will see Chinese brands adopt open source Harmony OS coupled with their own individual UI skin, app stores etc for their home market, and utilise google android for western export markets. If so rationalising and merging teams as we see with OPPO and OnePlus would be such an indicator… maybe…

    Something like this will happen as part of the self reliance program in my opinion. It could have significant consequences on Google’s android market share…. and Chinese manufacturers would have an alternative OS to sell into other key markets too. Interesting disruptive times.

    • wosully

      Self-reliance for the Chinese market, and free from US licensing and government policy manipulation? So, you are unaware of the Chinese government's manipulation of hardware and software in the US? You want to see manipulation of infrastructure, take a flight to mainland China, then see what apps function on your phone.

      • peterc

        Wosully mate, take a few deep breathes heh. My comment is in response to.... "why OnePlus would move to change its approach to developing this platform"

        Ive posted what I think is happening, based on my personal experience, ie what maybe occurring in the Chinese home market re mobile OS..... The Chinese Govt has embarked on a 5 year self reliance plan, go look it up.

        Your frothing about mistaking my comment for personal/political views/opinions etc .....where they are not. I am simply stating what I think is happening...... its an observation. Not a political preference.

        Does that make sense wosully? am I being clear? Good.

  5. retcable

    We will see how the software support plan works out. I have my doubts as no Android phone comes anywhere close to the 6-7 years of full iOS software updates right now. I know that Paul is always saying that these Android OS and monthly security updates are not important to users, or important to install at all, but whether or not they are perceived to be, they should be. Everyone should value their personal identity, security, and privacy, and the way to enable that is for timely and long-term software updates to your devices. Even if some of these updates are made mandatory or happen automatically without user interaction.