OnePlus has shared that the company will now roll out Android updates for two years after it releases a smartphone, with an additional year of Android security patch updates every two months.
As per this new OnePlus Software Maintenance Schedule, OnePlus will deliver regular software updates for OnePlus 3, OnePlus 3T, OnePlus 5, OnePlus 5T, and OnePlus 6 for two years – release dates of T variants would be considered. This would include new features, Android versions as well as Android security patches and bug fixes. For an additional year, these devices will get Android security patch updates every 2 months.
According to this new information, OnePlus 3 and 3T will get regular OTA updates till November of 2018 and one year of extended Android security patches. The company will publish the last Open Beta build for OnePlus 3/3T later this week, and at the beginning of July, it will provide a stable version of OnePlus 3/3T for beta testers to migrate back to the stable version of OxygenOS.
This new announcement will be music to the customers who’ve been holding on to the two-year-old smartphone. OnePlus 6 users, who’ve just bought the latest smartphone from the company, will be happy to learn that their device will receive security updates till 2021.
This OnePlus Software Maintenance Schedule is effective immediately and aims to provide superior software maintenance and upgrade cycle. Such an extended support is an aberration and not the norm in the industry and apart from Google for its Pixel devices and HMD Global for Nokia phones, not many brands have committed to such an extended software maintenance and upgrade cycle.