If until a recent past we prioritized the hardware of a smartphone, today the operating system is just as important. Proof of this is that the OnePlus announced that some of its handsets will receive four Android versions and five years of security updates🇧🇷 The decision makes the company surpass Google in software updates.
There are at least two reasons why an extensive update schedule is so important. The first is to increase the lifespan of the cell phone. The second — and most important — is to eliminate vulnerabilities that could compromise the security of the device.
These aspects are so relevant that offering two or more Android updates has become a differential. Or billing reason. See the example of Motorola, which had only been offering a major system update and, after many complaints, increased this number. The Motorola Edge 30 Ultra, for example, has three.
OnePlus promises to go further
Behold, this week, OnePlus made an audacious announcement: some branded smartphones will receive four Android updates and five years of security updates.
According to Gary Chen, OnePlus’ software product leader, this process will begin after the launch of OxygenOS 13.1, expected in the first half of 2023. OxygenOS is the brand’s default system and is based on Android.
Next will come OxygenOS 14, which should be released in late 2023 or early 2024. The pace will continue like this until the cycle of four major Android updates is fulfilled.
more than google
There’s always a “but” to those ads, right? Right. The new update schedule will only apply to “select devices released in 2023”. For those who already have a OnePlus smartphone, nothing changes.
Despite this, the brand’s decision does not fail to draw attention. The promise of four versions of Android beats or matches Samsung’s cycles.
For some devices, the Korean brand has been offering three major system updates and four years of security updates. For more advanced models, those numbers jump to four Android updates and five years of security updates. This is the case with the Galaxy S22.
In this story, Google was outperformed by both brands. For the Pixel 6 and Pixel 7 lines, the company promises three major Android updates, in addition to five years of security updates.
The expectation is that this movement will serve as an “inspiration” for other manufacturers. If not with four versions of Android, then at least with three. As we have seen, it already worked with Motorola.
With information: 9to5Google, Android Police.