After last month’s announcement that OnePlus would integrate with Oppo, effectively becoming a sub-brand of the phone maker, this possibility was quickly raised, which OnePlus has always denied, saying the brand’s independence would continue.
However, this ends up falling apart after the announcement by Oppo and OnePlus that both operating systems would merge into one.
Both companies’ software will remain separate and will continue to serve their individual regions (OxygenOS for OnePlus phones globally, ColorOS on OnePlus devices and Oppo in China), but share the code base, which OnePlus says should standardize its software experience and streamline the development process for future OxygenOS updates.
OnePlus says the move will also allow the company to secure better Android update support in the future, something Samsung has also tried to improve in recent years.
OnePlus defines the lifetime of updates as follows:
- High-end phones, including the T and R models, receive three major Android updates and four years of security updates.
- Nord and Nord CE phones receive two major Android updates and three years of security updates.
- Nord N phones will have a major Android update and three years of security updates.
- OnePlus limits these upgrade commitments to OnePlus 8 and above, so older OnePlus devices will be out of luck.
As the next step in everything that’s happening with OnePlus, Oppo and BBK Electronics, the company that owns both brands, the merging of the companies’ back-end software could be a positive outcome for OnePlus users.
Just how independent OnePlus is now that it’s “integrated” seems as uncertain as when it was independent, owned by BBK, and apparently shared some parts with Oppo, but as long as the phones are compatible, we hope this is the best way forward.