OnePlus is Integrating Oxygen OS with Oppo’s Color OS: Everything You Need To Know
After a long time working with their Chinese counterparts, OnePlus has finally made it public that they are officially teaming up with Oppo. OnePlus was actually established after its co-founders separated from Oppo and now they are reuniting on a semi-merger with Oppo. It is termed a semi-merger because OnePlus has announced that it is integrating its Research & Development team with Oppo’s team and will enable both the companies to work in unison behind the scenes.
It was established through a forum post by OnePlus CEO Pete Lau that they will further integrate with Oppo after witnessing a positive impact from their current partnership. Having said that, OnePlus and Oppo will definitely be working as separate brands. It will be interesting to see the impact of this merger on mobile app development as it may pose a challenge to app developers. This statement came just days after the much awaited launch of OnePlus Nord CE in India as a new affordable smartphone.
The CEO also stated that due to this collaboration with Oppo, OnePlus would get access to more resources to offer “even better products” for their customers. He also mentioned that one of the enhancements could be “faster and stable software updates” that are in high demand by the users due to the delayed updates in the older models of OnePlus phones. OnePlus and Oppo both are owned by Chinese giant BBK Electronics that are also the proud owners of brands like Vivo and Realme.
OnePlus’s Oxygen OS & Oppo’s Color OS integration
In a recent post released by OnePlus on their forum, it says that “in order to improve efficiency and standardise the software experience across our portfolio, we are working on integrating the codebase of OxygenOS and ColorOS.” According to OnePlus, “this is a change that you will likely not even notice since it is happening behind the scenes.” Due to this reason, we feel that OxygenOS may not get a visual makeover and will still be called OxygenOS around the world. Moreover, OnePlus has also declared a new software update calendar for its devices which is:
- Flagship Smartphone line including T and R models – The OnePlus 8 series and newer devices including both the T and R models will get 3 major Android updates and 4 years of security updates.
- Nord/ Nord CE – The first OnePlus Nord and newer Nord/ Nord CE smartphones will get 2 major Android updates and 3 years of security updates.
- Nord N Series – Beginning from N10 and N100, all the N series smartphones will get 1 major Android update and 3 years of security updates.
All the OnePlus smartphones launched before the OnePlus 8 series will include the previous software update calendar which comes with 2 major Android updates and 3 years of security updates. OnePlus feels that now they have a larger and more resourceful team to handle advanced research & development resources due to the integration with Oppo. This will enable the OnePlus brand to enhance the OxygenOS experience and take it to the next level.
What is the scope of OxygenOS and ColorOS?
According to 9to5Google news, OnePlus has already launched their smartphones in China running on ColorOS and that will probably remain the case. There will just be an additional codebase supporting the operating system. All new smartphones launched under the sub-brand will support the new OxygenOS and the existing devices still getting updates will get the new platform through over-the-air update.
On the subject of updates, OnePlus is pledging a better and longer Android update support which is now similar to Samsung’s strategy. The OnePlus 8 series and OnePlus’ latest flagship smartphones will get 3 major Android updates and 4 years of security updates. Whereas, the Nord series and any upcoming Nord and Nord CE smartphones will be eligible for 2 major Android updates and 3 years of security updates.
Apart from that, the inexpensive Nord N series phones from the N10 and N100 will receive 1 major Android update and 3 years of security updates. Hence, if you have a flagship smartphone older than OnePlus 8, you can receive 2 major Android updates and 3 years of security updates. When the merger was declared, both the brands confirmed that OnePlus will operate independently. As the merger was meant to combine their resources and to streamline their operations, integrating their operating systems more closely is not a surprise for many.
The new move from OnePlus seems to divulge the collaboration of OnePlus and Oppo have to build their products and realign more of their resources. To reduce the fear amongst the general public, the OnePlus CEO added one more comment to his blog post verifying that OnePlus will still run the OxygenOS on its devices around the world though Oxygen OS phones will move to ColorOS in the future. Let us know in the comments below about your thoughts on this historic merger between OnePlus and Oppo.
Dhruvil is a Writer & Marketeer for Nimblechapps, joining December 2014, based out of Sydney, Australia. He has worked briefly as a Branding and Digital Marketing Manager before moving to Australia. At Nimblechapps, he worked on Social Media Marketing, Branding, Email Marketing and Blogging. Dhruvil studies Business at University of Western Sydney, and also handles Operations for the company in Australia.