OnePlus announced that it is merging its OxygenOS with Oppo’s ColorOS “to improve efficiency and standardize the software experience” on all devices. The Chinese company’s new move comes just weeks after it announced its official operational merger with Oppo. OnePlus and Oppo, both of which are owned by Guangdong-based conglomerate BBK Electronics, have been working closely together for some time. However, the companies have decided to make their collaboration public after integrating their research and development (R&D) resources.
Thanks to a message on the forum, Oneplus announced the merger of OxygenOS with ColorOS and pointed out that the change will come at the codebase level. This means that end users are unlikely to notice any significant changes, at least for a while.
“OxygenOS remains the operating system for global OnePlus users as always, but now built on a more stable and robust platform,” the company said. mentionned.
OnePlus added that the update will apply to its new devices in the future, while for existing devices that are still on the maintenance schedule, the codebase level integration between OxygenOS and ColorOS will arrive. via live update (OTA) along with Android 12.
The change should help OnePlus deliver stable and timely software updates, which the company really needs to focus on, given the issues it has introduced with some past updates and the time it takes to update older hardware.
OnePlus also showcased its enhanced software maintenance program in which it is expected to deliver three main Android updates and four years of security updates for flagship phones, including the T and R models as well as the Oneplus 8 and newer phones. In the case of the original OnePlus North and newer Nord models as well as OnePlus Nord CE 5G, however, the company has decided to provide two major Android updates and three years of security updates.
The maintenance schedule contracts further for OnePlus Nord N phones which are promised to get only one major Android update and three years of security updates. This will be in place from OnePlus Nord N10 and OnePlus Nord N100 and will continue with future OnePlus Nord N phones.
It’s important to note that OnePlus’ improved maintenance schedule will not apply to its flagship devices released before the OnePlus 8 series, as they will continue to follow the original schedule which included two major Android updates and three years. security updates.
Earlier this year, OnePlus replaced its native HydrogenOS with ColorOS from Oppo for all its Chinese variants of flagship models. This development came months after OnePlus and Oppo more deeply integrated their R&D resources.
It is currently unclear exactly where OnePlus will take OxygenOS and for how long it will continue to be different from ColorOS. The latest integration also challenges the independence behavior that OnePlus has been marketing for some time, despite being part of BBK Electronics and share resources with Oppo.
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