The OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T are one of OnePlus’ most loved devices by the masses, thanks to their high-end specifications and affordable price tags. Unfortunately, similar to its predecessors, the fate of OnePlus devices’ software updates has always been apprehensive. OnePlus unlike other OEM’s provides support for their devices for only up to a year from launch and sadly the OnePlus 3 and 3T have also reached the end of their support cycles. The upcoming Android O will be the final software update to the OnePlus 3 and 3T.
This unfortunate news was confirmed by Oliver Z, the Product Head of OnePlus, on the company’s forum. He also stated that the devices will still receive security patches for the foreseeable future. Android O is expected to launch by the end of the month and it is still unknown what it will be named as. OnePlus 3/3T users can expect the Android O update by the end of the year if Google is successful in releasing Android O by the end of August.
Together with this unpleasant news, OnePlus also intends to withdraw the beta program from the OnePlus 3 and 3T and move it to the OnePlus 5 once the Android O update starts to roll out. OnePlus has also confirmed that OxygenOS version 4.5 will be rolled out in two phases, the August security patch will be the first one, followed by the new OxygenOS itself. On the contrary, the brand new OnePlus 5 already runs version 4.5.8 which was rolled out earlier this month.
OnePlus has been partial towards its new devices and this trend was first seen when the OnePlus 2 was abandoned updates after the launch of the OnePlus 3 and a similar fate is being thrust upon the 3 and 3T. The OnePlus 5 has received more updates in the past couple of months than the 3 and 3T have received in their entire short life cycle. This as claimed by the company is their attempt to improve user experience of their customers.
The OnePlus 5 is the center of attention right now but a year down the company will have a new device to launch and similar to its predecessors, the 2017 flagship will also have to face the axe. Do you think this is fair considering other companies like Apple, Samsung and Xiaomi are striving to push updates to devices up to two years old? Do let us know your views in the comments section below.