The two 2016 phones from OnePlus will no longer receive major software updates after Android O begins rolling out this year.
OnePlus hasn’t been too transparent about software updates until recently. And that was largely because, when the company was born, it didn’t have the resources to keep up with multiple devices. It broke the promise to bring Android 7.0 Nougat to the OnePlus 2 despite the hardware being less than two years old. Now, with experience and a parent company with deep pockets, there’s really no excuse to stop releasing software updates for devices so quickly. Still, OnePlus is limiting itself to focus on two devices in a 12-month period.
Over on its forums, OnePlus confirmed the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T will be moved to Android O but stay there forever. There is no intention to continue issuing software updates for anything beyond security patch levels.
Here’s the full statement:
“Android O is going to be the last Android version update we’ll release for OP3/3T. We’ll continue to release security patch updates for the foreseeable future, and offer support for individual application updates. After the OP3/3T have been updated to Android O, we’ll start moving the Open Beta Program from OP3/3T to OP5.”
That’s not exactly what you want to hear if you’re own the OnePlus 3 or OnePlus 3T. Both were priced above $399, and the specifications are easily able to withstand whatever the next version of Android demands. So, once again, OnePlus has disappointed loyal customers who could switch to another brand due to the disregard for supporting capable devices.
With this in mind, it would appear the OnePlus 5 will get next year’s major upgrade for Android and then be ditched.