OnePlus commits to 2 years of Android updates, three years of security patches

OnePlus commits to 2 years of Android updates, three years of security patches
Earlier today, Huawei revealed that it was improving its efforts to update devices by announcing a new bi-monthly schedule for a number of 2017 and 2018 smartphones. And now, it appears OnePlus is also making some promises of its own that will guarantee a total of three years of updates.

Like many smartphone manufacturers, Google included, OnePlus is now promising two years’ worth of major Android updates, this means OnePlus users should expect at least two big software updates after launch. In addition to this, the Chinese brand is also promising three years of security patches although, much like Huawei, the company will be rolling these out on a bi-monthly basis. In regards to which devices the new schedule applies to, OnePlus has confirmed that the OnePlus 3 and 3T, OnePlus 5 and 5T, and the new OnePlus 6 are all part of the plan, with it commencing immediately. Also, because the company will be taking the release of "T" variants into account, both the regular OnePlus 3 and the OnePlus 3T will be receiving an update to Android 9.0 P later this year, along with the other mentioned models.

Until now, OnePlus has certainly been one of the more impressive OEMs when it comes to updating its smartphones, the only exceptions being the OnePlus 2 and OnePlus X, so the new guarantees may not come as a huge surprise to many. Instead, the announcement will simply help reassure both current users and future buyers of their decision to purchase a device.


source: OnePlus

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13 Comments

1. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

It seems that this is becoming an industry standard among all of the popular western Android brands. Samsung has been promising this for a while, and proven to deliver on it. Google has promised at least 3 years as well. Huawei, Nokia and now Oneplus have also promised the same. It's great to hear.

3. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

It's great to hear that Android OEMs are doing the bare minimum?

4. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

The bare minimum is no version updates and perhaps 2 years of security updates. There is no law that states how long they need to update. Would longer be nice, yeah, but I wouldn't call it bare minimum at all.

5. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

What percentage of android phones, if you had to guess, don’t give 2 years of security updates (the bare minimum)?

6. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I don't know, I am not an oracle that knows it all. Also, I only mention 2 years of security updates, because in Europe the buyer's warranty is 2 years for smartphones. So getting updates in that period, seems logical to me. And while I use OnePlus myself, 3 years of security updates is nice but more important is how fast are they pushed to the smartphone. And alas OnePlus has a pretty bad track record for sending out those updates months after they have been published.

7. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I don't know but I'm just happy to hear OP3 will recieve version 9.

13. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Why are you constantly in every single Android article s**ttalking Android? Why are you even here? You have no interest in Android, as you're such a "loyal" Apple fanboy, so why don't you just get lost? You would never buy anything that doesn't have a fruit on them, so you just come to these articles to talk s**t, it's really sad. Lastly, at least 3 years of security updates isn't the "bare minimum", it's more than enough for a majority of the population, as most people throughout smartphone history has switched out their smartphones before the 3 year mark.

8. AbhiD

Posts: 815; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Huawei isn't in the same boat. Huawei says only a few devices if theirs will get 2 years of updates which is poor show. What about other devices ? Huawei has been lagging behind others in Android updates and this half baked commitment isn't gonna improve their image.. Also OnePlus isn't western Android brand. It's Eastern android brand from China.

9. mootu

Posts: 1525; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

He means brands that are popular in the west. If your looking for western brands then theres only Apple and they are western in name only as just about everything they use is Asian.

2. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Blueprint for a sustainable phone company $650 S8xx device, 64GB, IP68, 12MP 1.4 micron sensor 1440 AMOLED $500 S7xx device, 64GB, IP68 12MP 1.25 micron sensor 1080 AMOLED $400 S6xx device, 32GB, 13MP 1.12 micron sensor 1080 LCD $200 S4xxx 32GB, 8MP 1.5 micron sensor, 720p LCD screen 4 years of updates, by year 4 you'd have to update 16 devices but that's not too much to ask especially given how treble makes it is easier. Maybe add an app that offers preferred ads and coupons/discounts code allowing for an extra source of income.

10. Odeira

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Meanwhile, Apple continues to give FIVE YEARS OF SOFTWARE AND SECURITY UPDATES, performance and usability of older devices notwithstanding.

11. Sparkxster

Posts: 1229; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

And Xiaomi. Xiaomi updates their devices well beyond 2 years in regards to software. Don't know about the security patch updates though.

12. lallolu

Posts: 732; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

Promises here and there. We have heard them before. If they default on their promise, do we get compensation? Or we have to sue them first. Are these promises binding? If they are not binding, then they are just criminals getting people to buy their phones on based on false pretense. This is true for those buying the phones because of the promise of updates.

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