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After the recent hullabaloo about having closer cooperation with Oppo, OnePlus has now specified its plans regarding the company's update policy for its smartphones. Flagships will receive up to four years of security updates and three major Android updates in the future. Check out just how long your OnePlus smartphone will receive updates in greater detail below.

  • OnePlus announced its new update policy.
  • Offers up to four years of security updates and three years of major Android updates.
  • Code base for OxygenOS and ColorOS will be standardized.

A few weeks ago, OnePlus and Oppo gave us quite the scare when it was announced that the two smartphone manufacturers would be more closely aligned in the future. Fortunately for everyone, it was soon made clear that OnePlus would remain with OxygenOS as the mobile operating system of choice, seeing that the company has announced its update plans.

OnePlus outlines its OxygenOS and update plans

The company, just like Oppo, remains under the BBK Electronics umbrella, has once again reached out to its community to share what's next for OxygenOS. Yet again, it had to quell rumors flying around outside by underlining the fact that the international market for its smartphones will continue to receive OxygenOS, while ColorOS would be the operating system of choice for OnePlus smartphones in China.

What is new to this landscape, however, is the information that OnePlus will standardize the software experience of the entire smartphone portfolio, which is why they are working on integrating the codebase of OxygenOS and ColorOS. By sharing resources with Oppo, they hope to become more efficient and guarantee updates that are not only stable but equally fast to roll out.

OnePlus assumes that users such as us won't really notice the changes behind the scenes with this new direction. At the same time, the company hopes that we would benefit from a more stable and stronger platform.

Flagships from OnePlus 8 onwards to receive three major Android updates

More exciting and obvious to OnePlus smartphone owners is the company's change in its update policy. Namely, they have adjusted their software maintenance schedule and increased the lifecycle of their devices as a result. Here's what OnePlus had to say about its new software policy:

  • Flagships (OnePlus 8 series and newer) will receive three major Android updates and four years of security updates.
  • The first OnePlus Nord and newer Nord / Nord CE devices will receive two major Android updates and three years of security updates.
  • Starting with N10 and N100, all N series devices will receive one major Android update and three years of security updates.

Flagship models released before the OnePlus 8 series, however, will continue to follow the previous schedule of 2 major Android updates and 3 years of security updates. That means the OnePlus 7 series owners will miss out on this extravaganza, which is a pity because the smartphone's hardware still packs enough muscle to go the distance.

What do you think of this announcement from the popular smartphone maker? Does joy prevail in the face of smartphones that can be used for a longer period of time or does there still remain some uncertainty if and how OxygenOS might change its DNA in the foreseeable future? Let us know in the comments.

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Carsten Drees

Carsten Drees
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I started blogging in 2008 and have written for Mobilegeeks, Stadt Bremerhaven, Basic Thinking and Dr. Windows. I've been at NextPit since 2021, where I also discovered my passion for podcasts. I have been particularly interested in Android phones for many years now, and would like to get involved with the highly exciting smart home market. LEt's see, did I miss anything else? Oh yes, I love Depeche Mode and suffer with Schalke 04.

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  • Simone Costi 21
    Simone Costi Jul 11, 2021 Link to comment

    Now, I will be able to choose between two smartphone manufacturers, instead of just one, if I want to buy smartphones that can be used for a longer period of time.
    And I want to, to ensure that they won't end up like my LG V30.

  • Tepek Blauner 2
    Tepek Blauner Jul 7, 2021 Link to comment

    I just bought the Nord10 and had 1update. That's it? If I had know I would not have bought this phone.

    Camila Rinaldi

  • Mukesh Yadav 2
    Mukesh Yadav Jul 7, 2021 Link to comment

    One plus's best phone till date is only was one plus 6 and one plus 7 pro after that company ne toh dhayan dena hi band kar diyaa, inkaa bhi pet bhar chuka hai ab.

    Camila Rinaldi

  • Reeve Pelts 2
    Reeve Pelts Jul 6, 2021 Link to comment

    this is madness please include one plus 7 pro. if Android companies keep up thier crappy after sales service who wouldn't jump to iphones. my next one is definitely an iphone.

    Camila Rinaldi

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    Carl Rottin Jul 6, 2021 Link to comment

    lol they will forget about the nords again

    Camila Rinaldi

    • Camila Rinaldi 67
      Camila Rinaldi
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      Jul 6, 2021 Link to comment

      I just tested the Nord CE and I really loved the phone, so I hope they do not forget about the Nord series.

    PRAVIN KUMAR Jul 6, 2021 Link to comment

    They should not leave back OnePlus 7 pro model .Since it is packed with full feature and hardware, the commitments of OnePlus still not achieved , they should consider for the updates and this smartphone are not budget phones .....

    Camila Rinaldi

    • Stefan Möllenhoff 39
      Stefan Möllenhoff
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      Jul 6, 2021 Link to comment

      Agree, it's a pity that the OnePlus 7 / 7T are not considered, considering that they're flagship level smartphones...

      Camila Rinaldi

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