OnePlus announced that it will combine OxygenOS with Oppo ColorOS to “improve efficiency and standardize software on all devices.” The Chinese company made its new move after a few weeks after announcing its formal merger with Oppo in terms of operations. OnePlus and Oppo, a subsidiary of Guangdong enterprise group BBK Electronics, have been working closely for a while, but the two companies decided to go public after integrating their R&D resources.
In a forum post, OnePlus announced the merger of OxygenOS and ColorOS, emphasizing that the changes will be made at the code base level, which means that end users are unlikely to notice any major changes for at least a period of time. “OxygenOS is still the operating system for OnePlus users worldwide, but it is now built on a more stable and reliable platform,” the company said.
OnePlus added that the update will be applied to its new devices in the future, and the code base integration between OxygenOS and ColorOS will be completed through updates to existing devices that are still under maintenance with the help of OTA is paired with Android 12. In view of the challenges faced by some recent updates and the time taken to do so, it is expected that this change will help OnePlus provide stable and timely software updates. It is indeed necessary to focus on retrofitting old equipment.
OnePlus also announced its extended software maintenance program, which is expected to provide three major Android updates and four-year security updates for flagship phones (including T and R models and OnePlus 8 and newer phones). However, starting from the original OnePlus Nord and updated Nord models and OnePlus Nord CE 5G, the company decided to provide two major Android updates and three-year security updates.
OnePlus Nord N mobile phone’s maintenance plan is further shortened, and only promises a major Android update and security update within three years. This applies to OnePlus Nord N10 and OnePlus Nord N100, and will continue to be used in future OnePlus Nord N phones.
It is not clear where OnePlus will lead OxygenOS and how it will be different from ColorOS.