Not long ago, Android phone updates are terrible, with many handsets only getting a few new Android releases if they’re lucky. But in recent years, many brands have supported their phones for longer, and now OnePlus is stepping up support far beyond most other companies.
OnePlus has announced that its “select phone models” will now receive four major Android updates and security patches over five years – numbers that match what Samsung is offering on the OnePlus. . Galaxy S22 and select other handsets.
That’s from the company’s previous promise of three years of major Android updates and four years of security patches. The company has been uncomfortably vague about which phones will actually qualify for this extended support, but the press release says “on select devices launching in 2023 and beyond” , sadly it won’t apply to existing templates like OnePlus 10 Pro.
Perhaps, the Oneplus 11 that will qualify though, and fortunately the upcoming mid-range models of the Nord series will also be eligible, but only time will tell.
At the same time, the company also outlined some of the things users can expect from the upcoming updates – namely OxygenOS 13.1 and OxygenOS 14.
The first of them (OxygenOS 13.1) will launch in the first half of 2023 and will focus on safety and privacy features, with OnePlus mentioning an improved version of the Private Safety function. private, designed to keep data sharing safe and secure.
There is also a focus on improving digital health and well-being, including accessibility features for users with disabilities. Ultimately, the photo album will be improved, and the company claims to continue to focus on delivering a smooth experience.
The talk about OxygenOS 14 is a lot more vague, but words like fast, smooth, and reliable have been thrown around.
Analysis: OnePlus now offers longer-term support than Google, but still loses to Apple
With the promise of four major Android updates and five years of security patches, OnePlus overtook Google. do Android, promises only three years of major OS updates – but matches OnePlus in terms of security patches.
While it’s great to see OnePlus do this, it also shows that Google itself hasn’t done enough.
And we still have the edge for Samsung in terms of software updates, as some of its current phones are promised as many updates as OnePlus is currently offering, rather than just the upcoming ones. no specific.
However, there is still no Android brand that can match Apple in terms of updates. While Apple doesn’t promise a specific number, a lot of iPhones have received software updates for 5 years, and some have received up to 6 years. And we’re not just talking security updates here – these are major OS updates of the kind that OnePlus and Samsung have only promised for four years.