That does take away OnePlus's claim of independence though.
OnePlus has proclaimed that it will consolidate its OxygenOS with Oppo's ColorOS "to enhance performance and regulate the software experience" over all of its existing devices. The Chinese firm's latest move originates just several weeks after it announced its ceremonious consolidation with Oppo on the operational side. OnePlus and Oppo, controlled by Guangdong-based conglomerate BBK Electronics, have been operating jointly for quite some period. However, the organisations chose to cooperate publicly after combining their research and development (R&D) assets.
Via a discussion post, OnePlus has stated the alliance of OxygenOS with ColorOS and emphasised that the development would happen at the most fundamental codebase level. This indicates that the end-users are not expected to discern any notable differences — at least for the near future. "OxygenOS remains the OS for global OnePlus users as always, but now built on a more stable and stronger platform," the company said in a statement.
OnePlus supplemented the declaration by saying that the update would eventually be implemented to all of its new devices. Whereas, for current devices within the existing support plan, the codebase-level synthesis connecting OxygenOS and ColorOS will come through an over-the-air (OTA) update whenever Android 12 will be updated across its devices.
The development is calculated to assist OnePlus in delivering solid and up-to-date software updates. The business wants to concentrate on the issues that started with some earlier updates and the period it necessitates to refresh the more traditional hardware.
OnePlus has additionally presented its upgraded software maintenance plan. It is expected to present three principal Android updates and four years of safety updates to its flagship phones, together with the T and R devices, OnePlus 8 and more latest phones. In the event of releasing the new OnePlus Nord along with the OnePlus Nord 5G, the group has chosen to present two principal Android updates and three years of security updates.
Additionally, the maintenance calendar shrinks for the OnePlus Nord N phones guaranteed to receive just one principal Android update and three years of security updates. This will begin with OnePlus Nord N10 and OnePlus Nord N100 and proceed with the coming OnePlus Nord N phones.
Prominently, the revised maintenance program by OnePlus will not b applicable to its flagship machines delivered ere the OnePlus 8 lineup as they will proceed to heed the first timeline that involved two principal Android updates and three years of security updates.
Beginning this year, OnePlus displaced its original HydrogenOS with Oppo's ColorOS for all the Chinese variants of its flagship phones. That progress began months after OnePlus and Oppo combined their R&D resources even more deeply to attain strategic depth for both of them.
It is vague at the moment as to where specifically OnePlus would take OxygenOS and how prolonged it will proceed to stay distinctive over ColorOS. The latest combination also challenges the freedom-loving behaviour that OnePlus has been selling to people for some time, even though it is far from just that since it is a part of BBK Electronics and shares its intellectual assets with Oppo.