Sure, OnePlus’ software is among the best in the world because of its simple and clean presentation. A problem exists, though. Getting software updates out in a timely manner has been extremely difficult for the company. With every device, OnePlus just takes so long to go from testing to rolling out.
If you were thinking Android 7.0 Nougat on the OnePlus 3 would arrive next year, there’s new hope. OnePlus revealed that the latest version of Android will be live on its flagship sooner than we all thought. It’ll actually still be 2016 when Nougat is running on the phone.
Brian Yoon, OnePlus’ software chief, confirmed to Engadget that Nougat is rolling out this month to the OnePlus 3 in the form of a community build. While that means the public version isn’t ready yet, it’s a good sign for anyone who owns the phone. OnePlus should be able to get Nougat out during the holidays when even more people are expected to buy the OnePlus. Yoon does say the software update will be rolled out by the end of the year.
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Own a previous OnePlus device? You haven’t been forgotten. OnePlus will be updating the OnePlus 2 to Nougat, too. But there’s no scheduled arrival at this time.
So you’re probably wondering why OnePlus is all of a sudden able to be more efficient with software updates. It’s the result of a merger between OxygenOS and HydrogenOS. Until now, the company’s software division was broken into two teams working on OxygenOS-based devices throughout the world and HydrogenOS-based devices in China. Now everyone is working together on a single version for every device.