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No, OnePlus isn’t changing its update schedule: Here's what happened

The source of the rumor that spread like wildfire this morning was a mistake on an Enterprise-only website.

Published onDecember 8, 2020

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  • This morning, a rumor spread quickly online that the OnePlus update schedule had changed from bimonthly to quarterly.
  • However, this rumor is not true. The bimonthly update schedule remains unchanged.
  • The source of this rumor was an error on the company’s Android Enterprise Recommended page.

Rumors can spread fast online, and we saw proof of that this morning. Both on Reddit and the official OnePlus forums, people were incensed to find that OnePlus had apparently altered its schedule for delivering security updates to its phones. Instead of an update every two months, the schedule had apparently shifted to once every quarter, or just four times each year.

However, that is not the case. The OnePlus update schedule remains unchanged.

OnePlus update schedule confusion: What happened?

OnePlus has several phones in the Android Enterprise Recommended (AER) program. These are phones that Google has selected as ideal candidates for business adoption. One of the main criteria for acceptance into the AER program is reliable security updates that last for several years.

Since OnePlus has devices in this program, it has an AER page that lists out information about the applicable phones. OnePlus erroneously updated that page today with information that suggested it was moving to quarterly updates for the four AER phones.

Related: OnePlus phones: A history of the company’s entire lineup so far

People quickly shared this updated page on Reddit and the official OnePlus forums exclaiming that it was proof the OnePlus update schedule had been altered for all of its devices, not just AER models. However, OnePlus quickly fixed the erroneous language on the page.

OnePlus gave Android Authority an official statement on this: “We want to clarify that there are no changes to our security update schedule,” the company said. “We have removed the incorrect information from our website and apologize for any confusion.” In a later statement, OnePlus reaffirmed that it “will continue with bimonthly updates as usual with two years of software updates and three years of security updates.”

In other words, nothing has changed.

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