The OnePlus 2 was released in late July 2015, and the company promised to provide updates for the device for 24 months. Now, the company has confirmed the OnePlus 2 won't be getting an update to Android Nougat after all. Here are the details on this disappointing news, and the other updates available for the device.
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According to Android Authority, OnePlus has confirmed that OnePlus 2 devices will not be getting an update to Android Nougat. This will no doubt come as a disappointment to users, as the company had said explicitly that the device would be getting Android N. OnePlus also promised to keep the device updated for 24 months after its release in late July 2015, meaning users had every reason to expect an update up to this point.
OnePlus said in the interview that its customer service had already been informing customers of the situation, so this shouldn't come as a surprise to people. Nevertheless, there was no official statement until now, so users may have been confused or not known about the news at all. OnePlus said the reason why the OnePlus 2 won't be getting the update is that, when it was built, the company "didn't have the software infrastructure team in place we do now."
OnePlus promised its users an update it couldn't deliver, and while it isn't the only manufacturer to have done this, perhaps it's something to keep in mind when shopping for your next smartphone. In the mean time, if you're a OnePlus 2 owner, you're not out of luck - you can still upgrade to Nougat with a custom ROM, which you can find on the XDA Developers forum or on OnePlus' forums. If you don't know what a custom ROM is, or how to flash one to your device, we've got you covered.
Owners of the OnePlus 2 have been looking forward to an Android 7.0 Nougat update for some time now. Unfortunately, today is not their lucky day. The OxygenOS 3.5.8 update is rolling out, but it won't be bringing Nougat to the device. The update will, however, still include the March security patch and some bug fixes. These bug fixes will include: echos during Duo video calls, network dropping, audio compatibility and roaming issues. Users can expect the update to arrive OTA in the next few days.
OnePlus has starting rolling out an update to OxygenOS bringing it to version 3.5.5, as reported in their forum. The update will happen over-the-air (OTA). However, not all phones will get the update all at once, but within the coming days, so you need to be a bit patient.
What can OnePlus 2 owners expect with the update? They will now be able to make use of the newly supported VoLTE function (though not all carriers). The manufacturer has also added App Lock and a battery saving mode, which can be switched on in the settings of your phone under Battery. Under Developer Options in the settings, there is a new Gaming Mode. Shelf optimization, the user interface and apps like Clock also got revamped.
In addition, the new update will also include the Android security patch from December, wiping out some bugs and creating a more stable system. Two issues are reported with the update though: for one, the Clock, Calculator and Messenger apps will all be replaced with OnePlus apps if you have never updated the Google apps. Secondly, some phone settings might be brought back to default.
If you are having issues with 3.5.5 and want to downgrade to 3.1.0 for whatever reason, OnePlus provides you with the steps to do it.
In June 2016, OnePlus previously rolled Oxygen OS 3.0.2, based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, to users. The update began to hit devices on June 5, and OnePlus hoped to have it fully deployed within 48 hours.
The update clears your stored fingerprints, so you will have to rescan your fingers once the update is installed. Otherwise, it comes with a host of improvements, including Marshmallow's battery-saving Doze mode and a new camera UI. Find out more about the update and what it contains in the OnePlus forums.
Previously. a user had reached out to Android Police with a set of screenshots showing their OnePlus 2 running OxygenOS 3.0 based on Android Marshmallow, suggesting that a soak test of the update was underway. The images show not only the new OS version number but also some changes that OnePlus has made to its own operating system. These changes include new wallpaper, an alert slider and more customization options for the home screen.
OnePlus announced the OxygenOS 2.2.0 rollout on December 21. It's an incremental deployment, so it may take some time to arrive on your device, but rest assured it's on its way.
The update brings security patches, as well as a number of fixes, including for dual SIM preference selection issues and Google Camera bugs. It also adds a quick setting for adjustable screen temperature, holiday wallpapers and the ability to hide the search bar option in launcher settings.
For more information, visit the OnePlus forums.
The OxygenOS 2.1.0 update was announced via the OnePlus forums, with the following improvements:
- Manual camera mode
- Raw support for third party camera apps
- Color balance slider in display settings for adjusting the color tone of the screen, a feature recently seen on the Huawei Mate S)
- Added Exchange support
- Fixes for problems with popular third party apps
- Telephone service improvements to reduce "lag" when you turn airplane mode on or off
- Other bug fixes and improvements
While these updates are welcome, it's unclear whether they cover some of the issues we were expecting. Several problems have been reported as a result of installing the previous update, OxygenOS 2.0.2, including battery drain, fingerprint scanner issues, poor quality images from the front-facing camera, and broken third-party camera apps.
While the latter has been fixed, and manual mode could improve the front-facing camera quality, we'll have to wait to see whether the other problems have been fully addressed. You can download the OxygenOS 2.1.0 zip file here to flash the update yourself, should you wish to do so.
Have you had any problems with the OnePlus 2? What additions do you want to see in OxygenOS 2.1? Let us know in the comments.
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