Like other Android phone company, OnePlus too are supposed to offer a minimum of 18 months of firmware support.
OnePlus has come forward and cleared up any uncertainty that it is committed to the longevity of its devices by promising to provide software updates for its smartphones for 2 years after release. What this means is that the OnePlus 3 and 3T which were launched back in 2016 and were nearing their two-year update cycle end, will get another year of Android security patch update.
In case you were wondering how this will look for the OnePlus 3 and 3T, OnePlus says that they'll continue providing regular OTA updates until November of this year (2018), followed by an additional year of Android security patches. According to the detailed post, the company will provide regular software updates including new Android versions, Android security patches and new features once every two months for up to 24 months after the launch of the device.
The policy applies to new devices like the OnePlus 6, as well as existing devices still within that timeframe, like the OnePlus 5T, OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 3/3T handsets. For an additional year, these devices will get Android security patch updates every 2 months. With Google including OnePlus in the early stages of Android P, it seemed promising that the device would have an expedited path to the final Android P build.
Not a lot of smartphone OEMs bother with regular and timely software updates for their devices.
The policy will also include all new, compatible features developed by OnePlus itself for the Oxygen OS, outside of the Android operating system.
The commitment may sway those Android fans who've been on the fence about buying the OnePlus 6, the latest and greatest phone from the company.