OnePlus has committed to two years of regular Android updates, meaning the new OnePlus 6 will likely have access to 2019’s Android O opening system as well as the forthcoming Android P release.
The firm has officially adopted a Google Pixel-like approach to updating its phones with two years of software updates from the date of release, while offering three years of security updates.
The policy will also include all new, compatible features developed by OnePlus itself for the Oxygen OS, outside of the Android operating system. For example, the Face Unlock tech which rolled back to the OnePlus 5 alongside the Oreo update.
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OnePlus outstrips most Android manufacturers when it comes to updating its phones, but the company hadn’t enshrined the policy in writing. However, that changes with the publishing of a Maintenance Schedule document on the firm’s forums.
The document (via 9to5 Google) reads: “As per the maintenance schedule, there will be 2 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 2 months.”
The policy applies to new devices like the OnePlus 6, as well as existing devices still within that timeframe, like the OnePlus 5T, OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 3/3T handsets.
As for the OnePlus 3 and One Plus 3T, the end is nigh. Oxygen OS updates will cease in November this year, with another year of security updates to follow.
The commitment may sway those Android fans who’ve been on the fence about buying the OnePlus 6, the latest and greatest phone from the company.
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