OnePlus introduces new software support lifecycle
OnePlus has announced their schedule about releasing software updates for their devices. This seems promising, as OnePlus plans to support their devices for quite a while.
As seen on the timeline above, OnePlus announced they'll be releasing regular updates for at least two years after the "T" series model of a device series has been released. Regular updates include new Android versions, new features and new system apps. These updates are planned at least every 2 months, but might get released more often if needed. Afterwards, you'll get an additional year of security updates (every 2 months as well). During that year, no new Android versions or feature changes will be released.
How long will my device get updates?
First, let's look at an example. The OnePlus 3 and 3T will receive regular updates until November 2018 (as the 3T was released in November 2016) and security updates until November 2019 (as that's one year after the end of regular updates).
Below, you'll find a complete overview of the software support lifecycles for all OnePlus phones:
- OnePlus One: Software support ended in September 2016 (by Cyanogen)
- OnePlus 2: Software support ended in November 2017
- OnePlus X: Software support ended in December 2016
- OnePlus 3: Regular updates until November 2018, security updates until November 2019
- OnePlus 3T: Regular updates until November 2018, security updates until November 2019
- OnePlus 5: Regular updates until November 2019, security updates until November 2020
- OnePlus 5T: Regular updates until November 2019, security updates until November 2020
- OnePlus 6: Regular updates until at least April 2020, unknown when the 6T will be released
It seems OnePlus has finally gotten their software support on track. With some of their previous devices, the software support period was very short and only one major Android version update was released. With the 3 and 3T, they've at least released 2 major Android version updates and continue to deliver security updates.
As always, updates will keep coming in Oxygen Updater, so stay tuned for more to come!