OnePlus has a well-earned reputation for its long-term software support, but will Android 10 update change all of that?
A handful of OnePlus smartphones took part in the Android 10 beta programme but which device’s will receive the full OS update? And when? Here’s a list of every OnePlus phone due for an Android 10 upgrade and when you can expect to see them.
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Which OnePlus phones will get updated to Android 10?
OnePlus’s two newest 7T-series handsets will come running Android 10, as the brand’s co-founder Carl Pei confirmed when he proudly announced: “I’m pleased to confirm that we will be the first non-Google company to ship phones with Android 10 out of the box.”
Mr Pei also revealed on stage that the following OnePlus phones will receive the OS update:
Sadly, it looks as though it’s the end of the line as far as OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T updates are concerned. 3 series users will most likely be stuck with Android 9 from now which, while disappointing, is nonetheless a pretty good run for a range of devices that came out way back in 2015.
When will OnePlus phones get updated to Android 10?
The OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro have run Android 10 out of the box from the day they were released (October 17). This would make them the first phones outside of the Pixel range to run the operating system from day one.
The OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro were originally intended to receive the new operating system in late September but the rollout was paused due to “some bugs”. The fixed version of the update (Oxygen OS 10.0.1) was finally released on October 12, according to an announcement on OnePlus’ official forum.
OnePlus released its Open Beta for the 6 and 6T on October 19, allowing users of the 2018 models to get their hands on Android 10 a little early. The point of the beta is primarily to gather feedback from keen OnePlus users ahead of a full release so don’t expect it to be all smooth sailing if you do decide to download the update now.
As for the oldest devices in the range due for an update, OnePlus has published a release schedule on its Chinese forum for the rollout of the new HydrogenOS (the Chinese counterpart to Oxygen OS). Unfortunately, the rollout in Europe has historically lagged behind China by a few weeks but the schedule does give us an idea of when we might see an update for the 5 series.
Going by this timetable, we can expect the OnePlus 5 and 5T to get the update around June 2020. This estimate has been corroborated by Carl Pei, who confirmed that the OnePlus 5 and 5T would receive the update by the end of Q2, 2020.
What will Android 10 bring to OnePlus phones?
There are plenty of new features to get excited about, so it’s no wonder OnePlus users are desperate to know when they’re due for the update.
Focus Mode will allow you to silence chosen apps for a certain period of time so that you won’t get distracted from work or study; new privacy settings will make it far easier to protect personal data such as your location from snooping apps; and Live Caption will provide handy AI-generated subtitles for all video content on your device.
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But while many people are getting excited about the new dark mode, this won’t raise the pulse of OnePlus users, who already have this option with their existing operating system. You can learn more about the full list of new features by reading the guide linked above.