As OnePlus announced last month that it would integrate with Oppo, effectively becoming a sub-brand of the phone company, the company has now announced that OxygenOS and ColorOS will be combined (via 9to5Google).
Each company’s software will operate separately and serve their own regions (OnePlus’ OxygenOS for global phones and ColorOS for OnePlus and Oppo in China) but will share a common codebase that will streamline OxygenOS updates and help OnePlus further standardize its experience.
With this change, OnePlus says it will also be able to guarantee better Android update support in the future, something Samsung has also sought to improve in recent years. OnePlus provides the following information on its updates:
- There are three major Android updates available for flagship phones, including T and R models.
- Three years of security updates and two major Android updates are included with Nord and Nord CE phones.
- A major Android update will be provided to the Nokia N series phones, as well as security updates for three years.
There is a limit to what OnePlus will update. Older OnePlus devices are not eligible for updates.
It makes sense to merge OnePlus, Oppo, and the broader BBK Electronics umbrella on the backend as the next step in what’s going on with the companies.
It’s unclear exactly how independent OnePlus is now that it’s integrated, but as long as phones are supported, it shouldn’t matter. It was owned by BBK while being independent, but no longer is.