OnePlus has announced that it is merging its OxygenOS with Oppo’s ColorOS “to reinforce efficiency and standardise the software experience” across devices. The new move by the Chinese company comes just a few weeks after it announced its formal merger with Oppo on the operational front. OnePlus and Oppo, which both are owned by Guangdong-based conglomerate BBK Electronics, have been working closely for moderately some time. Alternatively, the companies determined to make their collaboration public after they integrated their research and development (R&D) resources.
Through a forum post, OnePlus has announced the merger of OxygenOS with ColorOS and highlighted that the change will come at the codebase level. Which means the end users don’t seem to be likely to notice any remarkable changes — no less than for some time.
“OxygenOS remains the OS for global OnePlus users as all the time, but now built on a more steady and stronger platform,” the company said.
OnePlus added that the update will apply to its new devices sooner or later, while for existing devices that are still inside the maintenance schedule, the codebase-level integration between OxygenOS and ColorOS will arrive through an over-the-air (OTA) update together with Android 12.
The change is projected to help OnePlus bring steady and timed software updates, which is something that the company in reality needs to concentrate on — provided the issues it introduced with some past updates and the time it takes to update older hardware.
OnePlus has also introduced its improved software maintenance schedule under which it is set to supply three major Android updates and four years of security updates to flagship phones including the T and R models in addition to the OnePlus 8 and newer phones. When it comes to the original OnePlus Nord and newer Nord models in addition to OnePlus Nord CE 5G, then again, the company has determined to deliver two major Android updates and three years of security updates.
The maintenance schedule contracts further for the OnePlus Nord N phones that are promised to receive only one major Android update and three years of security updates. This will be in place starting from OnePlus Nord N10 and OnePlus Nord N100 and will continue with future OnePlus Nord N phones.
Importantly, the improved maintenance schedule by OnePlus may not be relevant to its flagship devices released prior to the OnePlus 8 series as they’re going to continue to follow the original timeline that included two major Android updates and three years of security updates.
Earlier this year, OnePlus replaced its local HydrogenOS with Oppo’s ColorOS for all its Chinese variants of flagship models. That development came months after OnePlus and Oppo more deeply integrated their R&D resources.
It is currently unclear where precisely OnePlus would take OxygenOS and for how long it’s going to continue to stay different over ColorOS. The newest integration also questions the independence behaviour that OnePlus has been marketing for some time — despite being part of BBK Electronics and sharing resources with Oppo.
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