OnePlus has maintained a strong reputation for its long-term software support. But is that set to change with the Android 10 update this year?
Several OnePlus phones were part of the Android 10 beta programme, but which of the company’s devices will receive the full update, and when? Fortunately, we have very reliable information on hand to answer both of these questions for you.
Related: Best smartphones
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 by proudly announcing: “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 announced on stage that the following OnePlus phones from previous years will also receive the OS update:
Sadly though, it looks as if it’s the end of the line as far as updates for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T are concerned — they’ll probably be stuck on Android 9 from now, which is nonetheless a good run for devices that came out all the way back in 2015.
When will OnePlus phones get updated to Android 10?
The OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro will run Android 10 from the day that they’re released (October 17), being the first phones outside 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.
As for older devices in the range, OnePlus has published a release schedule on its Chinese forum for the rollout of the new HydrogenOS (the Chinese counterpart to Oxygen OS). Please be aware that the rollout in Europe has historically lagged behind China by a few weeks.
Going by this timetable, here are the estimated release dates for the new software (which is built on Android 10):
- OnePlus 6 and 6T: late October 2019
- OnePlus 5 and 5T: by June 2020
The latter date 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.
If you’re a OnePlus 6 or 6T user who simply can’t wait that long, then you can still take the opportunity download the Android 10 beta from OnePlus’ website.
What will Android 10 bring to OnePlus phones?
There are plenty of new features to get excited about, so it’s no wonder that 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.
Related: Android 10 features
But while many people are getting excited about the new dark mode, this won’t raise the pulse of OnePlus users, who already have can choose that option with their existing operating system. You can learn more about the full list of new features by reading the guide linked above.