Not so long ago it became known that OnePlus became part of Oppo. However, the OnePlus brand will continue to exist. True, OnePlus explained that the OxygenOS and ColorOS software skins will become closer to each other in design and functionality, but its smartphones will continue to receive updates to Android versions for at least three years.
OnePlus smartphones will get Android firmware updates from two to four times
It was announced recently that OnePlus and Oppo are working on integrating the code source of the proprietary OxygenOS and ColorOS skins. Users will likely not see the impact of these changes. OnePlus notes that it now has a larger and more professional development team, as well as more research and development resources. The company said that OxygenOS will continue to be used as an operating system for smartphones available internationally. But in China, OnePlus devices will be sold with ColorOS preinstalled.
OnePlus hasn’t said anything specific about the visual changes coming to OxygenOS users, however, judging by the early beta versions of Android 12 for the OnePlus 9, they are coming soon. However, the main thing is that the company called a clear schedule of OS updates for branded smartphones. Flagship devices starting with OnePlus 8 will receive at least three updates to the Android version, and security updates will be released for at least four years. The Nord and Nord CE smartphones will receive two major operating system updates and three years of security patches. The most affordable Nord smartphones, starting with the N10 and N100, will receive one Android update and three years of security updates.
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This will bring OnePlus closer to the high standards set by Samsung with its Galaxy smartphones. Unfortunately, the Chinese company has not shared a specific timeline for the release of security updates. At the moment, they are released half as often as updates for the Samsung Galaxy or Google Pixel.
OnePlus Nord 2
It is worth mentioning that OnePlus is preparing to release its OnePlus Nord 2 smartphone. The device will receive a 6.43-inch FHD + AMOLED display diagonally. In the upper left corner of this panel; there is a small hole for a single front camera with a 32MP sensor.
At the rear, there will be a triple camera with a 50-megapixel main sensor; as well as sensors of 8 and 2 megapixels. It is said about the presence of a fingerprint scanner built into the screen area.
It is expected to be based on the MediaTek Dimensity 1200 processor. The chip combines eight cores with a frequency of up to 3.0 GHz, a Mali-G77 MC9 graphics accelerator and a 5G modem with a data transfer rate of up to 4.7 Gbps. The amount of RAM will be up to 12 GB, the capacity of the flash drive – up to 256 GB.
Power will be provided by a rechargeable battery with a capacity of 4500 mAh. The dimensions of the smartphone are 160 × 73.8 × 8.1 mm. The smartphone will ship with Android 11 operating system.