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Thanks to OPPO merger, OnePlus will start updating its phones for three years or more

OnePlus 9 Pro review
OnePlus 9 Pro review (Image credit: Apoorva Bhardwaj / Android Central)

What you need to know

  • OnePlus has announced updates to its OxygenOS codebase and maintenance schedule.
  • The company's flagship phones will now receive three major Android updates and four years of security updates.
  • OnePlus' mid-range Nord series devices will get two major Android updates and three years of security updates.

When OnePlus announced its "deeper integration" with OPPO last month, it promised to bring faster updates to its users. Since the company now has a much larger team of developers, it has made some welcome changes to its Software Maintenance Schedule.

As per the updated schedule, the OnePlus 8 series and newer flagships — including the value-focused OnePlus 9R, will get three major OS updates and four years of security updates.

Sadly, flagship OnePlus phones released prior to the OnePlus 8 series, will follow the company's previous update schedule of two major Android updates and three years of security updates.

OnePlus' mid-range Nord series phones will also get just two Android OS updates, along with three years of security updates. Disappointingly, OnePlus is still committing to just a single major update for its budget Nord N series lineup.

OnePlus has also confirmed that it is working on integrating the codebase of OxygenOS and ColorOS. The change will apparently only happen behind the scenes, so OnePlus users may not notice any major changes in the immediate future.

Currently, the only other companies that promise three major Android OS updates are Google and Samsung. Unlike OnePlus, however, Samsung promises three major OS updates and four years of security updates for many of its mid-range and budget phones as well.

Samsung recently announced that the Enterprise Edition variants of its best Android phones will receive five years of security updates.

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OnePlus 9

The value-focused OnePlus 9 is an excellent alternative to the Galaxy S21, packing a gorgeous 120Hz AMOLED display and the same 5nm Snapdragon 888 processor. Unlike its predecessor, the phone also comes equipped with capable cameras.

Babu Mohan
Babu Mohan
11 Comments
  • About time they didn’t settle.
  • I'll believe it when I see it, Chinese companies always promise the earth with updates and never stick to them, the only company to trust with updates is Google and yeah I know Samsung promise up to 3 generations of OS updates but that's not a guarantee that Android Central and other tech sites have been saying as gospel because it's Samsung but the Pixel isn't fashionable and nobody cares unless it's Samsung.
  • Samsung offer 3 updates, not up to 3 updates. Samsung are best in class for Android updates.
  • Just going by what Samsung said at their unpacked event for the S20 FE and no they're not best in class for updates but they're close but Google is best in class for updates.
  • Hopefully they deliver on time, and stable unlike the major faceplant they did on the third update on the 5 and 5t.
  • Unless they get rid of the bimonthly bs updates and go to a monthly security updates then I'm really not interested in OnePlus which is a shame as I liked Oxygen OS before they went all Samsung with Oxygen OS 11.
  • Making the OS easier to use on big phones is a bad thing?
  • They're was nothing wrong with Oxygen OS before they went all Samsung,with the One handed mode which is useless to me and don't use it but if you find it useful more power to you.
  • Great news. I can buy OnePlus next year with more confidence. This is concerning though. Colour OS urgh: "OnePlus has also confirmed that it is working on integrating the codebase of OxygenOS and ColorOS."
  • Great, more bugs.
  • Not to be trusted. Had a 5T and even when they pushed out an update the security patch would always be at least two months behind. And to top it off their last update was full of bugs which they never fixed. My first and for sure my last Oneplus device. Buyer beware with these people.