OnePlus has confirmed that Android O will be the last major Android OS update for the OnePlus 3 and 3T. OnePlus revealed the same via a Q&A posted on its forums. While closing the door on future OS updates after Android O, the company did say that the OnePlus 3 and 3T will continue to get security updates for the “foreseeable future”.
OnePlus also announced that it will be shifting its open beta program to the recently launched OnePlus 5 once Android O is released for the OnePlus 3 and 3T. This is good news for OnePlus 5 users who wish to experiment with the latest Android features before they are released to the public.
OnePlus’s head of product, Oliver Z said – “Android O is going to be the last Android version update we’ll release for the 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.”
While the OnePlus 3 is fairly old at this point (in terms of smartphone shelf-life at least), the OnePlus 3T is just nine months old and many buyers will be a little miffed at this news. Even with Android O, the OnePlus 3T will receive just a little over a year of support, which is not much. Buyers of the OnePlus 3T probably would have liked at least two years of software support.
During the Q&A, OnePlus also announced that it plans to push the August security patches to the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T very soon. A month or two after these patches go live, the company will release Oxygen OS 4.5 to both the smartphones.
OnePlus recently released the OnePlus 5 which comes with a dual-camera setup at the rear, a slimmer and lighter design and top of the line specifications. The smartphone comes with a Snapdragon 835 processor, 6/8GB of RAM, a 3,300mAh battery, a 5.5-inch FullHD display and 64/128GB of internal storage.
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