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OnePlus has announced the merger of its OxygenOS with Oppo’s ColorOS in order to “increase efficiency and standardise the software experience” across devices. The Chinese company’s latest step comes just a few weeks after it announced its official operational merger with Oppo. OnePlus and Oppo, both controlled by the Guangdong-based conglomerate BBK Electronics, have been collaborating for quite some time. However, after integrating their research and development (R&D) resources, the firms chose to make their partnership public.
OnePlus announced the merging of OxygenOS and ColorOS in a forum post, emphasising that the transition will occur at the coding level. This implies that, for the time being, end consumers are unlikely to notice any substantial changes.
Further, OnePlus also stated that the upgrade would be applied to new devices in the future, while current devices that are still on the maintenance schedule will receive the codebase-level integration between OxygenOS and ColorOS through an over-the-air (OTA) update alongside Android 12.
The move is expected to assist OnePlus in delivering reliable and timely software upgrades, something the company desperately needs to focus on given the difficulties it introduced with previous releases and the time it takes to update older hardware.
OnePlus has also announced an enhanced software maintenance schedule in which it would give three major Android upgrades and four years of security patches to flagship phones such as the T and R models, as well as the OnePlus 8 and future phones. However, in the case of the original OnePlus Nord and subsequent Nord models, as well as the OnePlus Nord CE 5G, the firm has chosen to provide two major Android upgrades and three years of security patches.
OnePlus replaced its native HydrogenOS with Oppo’s ColorOS for all Chinese editions of its flagship devices earlier this year. This occurred months after OnePlus and Oppo had more closely merged their R&D resources.