Android O will be the last major update for the One Plus 3 and 3T, according to One Plus Product Head Oliver Z. However, both the One Plus 3 and 3T will continue to receive security updates for the “foreseeable future,” according to Oliver Z. Google’s Android O is currently in its beta stage.
Is it fair to One Plus 3 and 3T users?
“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,” the executive said in a post.
Further, the executive stated that the company’s open beta program will be shifted to the latest flagship, the OnePlus 5, after Android O support comes to the OnePlus 3 and 3T. OnePlus 5 users who look forward to getting a first-hand experience of the new Android features before they are released to the general public will be delighted to hear it.
The OnePlus 3T is just nine months old, and ceasing Android updates at this point of time is only going to miff users. The company has already revealed that the OnePlus 3T is going out of production.
In June, the company stated that the OnePlus 2 will not get Android 7.0 Nougat update, which was a huge disappointment for users who have been waiting for the update since 2015. Even though the OnePlus 2 had the configuration that was required to get Android Nougat, the company refrained from updating it.
Should buyers of the OnePlus 5 be concerned?
Many users are now concerned about whether the OnePlus 5 will meet the same fate as the OnePlus 3T in a few months. Since there is a high possibility of the OnePlus 5 not getting major Android updates beyond 2017, it could take a toll on the company’s sales. OEMs have long been deserting their promises of updating operating systems as their product portfolio grows larger making it more difficult for them to update all their devices.
Touching on this point, the company said that in the OnePlus 5’s one to two months of release so far has got more updates than the OnePlus 3 and 3T in their entire life cycles “to better satisfy users’ needs and boost our latest product’s capabilities.”
Just a few days ago, OnePlus started rolling out OxygenOS 4.5.8 for the OnePlus 5 after OxygenOS 4.5.7 was found to be infected with bugs that do not allow users to play games. OxygenOS 4.5.8 is same as 4.5.7, but the bug issue has been resolved.
The OnePlus 5 is undoubtedly a very good performer in the mid-range segment. However, potential buyers could be a little hesitant, unless the company announces that the phone will get the Android P update in 2018. Experts believe that buyers investing in mid-range phones like the OnePlus 5 will need some sort of commitment from the makers about OS updates.
Other brands, such as Sony, Motorola, LG and Samsung, offer regular updates for most of their devices. OEMs like HTC go even further to offer 24 months of its HTC Advantage scheme of software support for their devices. Nokia has promised two years of Android OS support to its mid-range and entry-level phones, the Nokia 6, 5 and 3, notes the IB Times.