OnePlus merging OxygenOS and HydrogenOS to provide faster updates (UPDATE)

UPDATE: We've been approached by a OnePlus, as the company wishes to clarify the merger between OxygenOS and HydrogenOS. Here is the official statement: "We are unifying the platform and combining our team resources to improve overall efficiency. On the user end, we will keep OxygenOS for our global users, while HydrogenOS will continue to be optimized for the China Market."

Chinese company OnePlus has been trying for the last couple of years to offer customers a worthy alternative to Nexus devices. Those who own a OnePlus smartphone know that the OS experience is somewhat close to Android raw, but only if we're talking about Oxygen OS.

Oxygen OS is the platform running on OnePlus smartphones all over the globe with one exception, China. For some reason OnePlus has decided that Chinese versions of its smartphones should be powered by Hydrogen OS, which strays away from the company's credo in that it offers more like a MIUI rather than an Android raw experience.

Having two operating systems to work with for a couple of years now seems to have taking its toll on OnePlus' resources, so the Chinese handset maker has decided to make it simpler resource-wise, but also from the user's perspective.

OnePlus recently confirmed that it's actively working to merge OxygenOS and HydrogenOS, so it can provide faster updates to users.

The community builds that OnePlus released until now represent one way that the company is getting feedback from users as to what new features and improvements they want to see in the next, unique, OS they will eventually install on their phones.

With the community build we are experimenting with new ideas and features, and then using the feedback from our community to refine. In fact, the next versions of the community build will address a lot of the feedback we have already received.”

The merger of the two operating system will allow OnePlus to offer a much more consistent Android experience, but, as said earlier, quicker updates too. Not to mention that instead of having two teams to deal with different OSes, OnePlus will focus all its resources on developing a single platform.

The main benefit of combining our team resources is to speed up software updates. We know we have some room to continue improving there, and this is an important step in the right direction.”

source: XDA



1. Podrick

Posts: 1284; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Hydrogen + Oxygen= Watered down OS.

10. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Yes..... and if you introduce a little Oxygen to Hydrogen, it will freeze, they don't want that.

2. Arthurhkt

Posts: 723; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

If so, which mean the they will scale down the UI modification of HydrogenOS? Or modified the stock experience of the OxygenOS?

4. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

From the community build, it looks like the former is happening. Then again, they are receiving a lot of negative feedback for this. So I'm hoping that they will do the latter and provide nougat quickly and before 2017 arrives.

8. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I really hope they don't add much to Oxygen of the OP3, cause right now I'm in love with it. If they add more MIUI like features, I'm not going to like it.

3. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

This is going to be the s**ttiest idea oneplus ever had. If they give chinese bloat on my device, my oneplus 3 is going to cyanogenmod. The reason people buy their phones is due to the near stock experience. Otherwise many companies like ZTE are making comparable phones at the same price point.

5. MrAnonymous

Posts: 94; Member since: May 25, 2014

Which means when people used to tease about H2+O2=H2O when hydrogen and oxygen oses released and now H2O OS is going to be a reality :O Water OS xD

6. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I prefer that OEM just manage the device drivers and give us a working stock Android phone. We could later add our own launcher such as Nova Prime if we wish. This is a win-win, no huge investment on software customsation and user can't fault you on your GUI.

9. ebilcake

Posts: 1227; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

I really like the new community build, I'm not that attached to stock Android so I don't mind them changing it, although to be fair this looks closer to Android 7 which makes sense so I don't see the issue. Other than the weather app I haven't noticed anything odd, I would prefer they worked on the camera application. Not bothered about Android 7 update yet, I have my Pixel C for that and overall I'm not that impressed with it .

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