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OnePlus Promises More Android Updates Than Google, But There's A Catch

OnePlus has announced plans to offer four years of Android updates for its flagship smartphones, but it may not mean much for current OnePlus users. Apple is widely recognized as the undisputed king of iOS updates, with the company typically offering five years of software updates to its iPhones. Android, as a platform, falls way short, with Samsung being the best of the lot with a promised four years of updates for its flagship Galaxy S-series devices. Even Google offers only three years of Android updates for its Pixel phones.

Most other Android OEMs offer between two and three years of software updates for their flagship devices, while the mid-range and entry-level phones either get a single Android update or are sold on an as-is-where-is basis, meaning they do not get any update whatsoever. Samsung also wasn’t doing particularly well when it came to quick software update rollouts, but that changed a few years ago when the company promised not only to roll out four years of Android updates to its flagships but to do so in a timely manner.

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According to 9to5Google, OnePlus said it will deliver four major OxygenOS updates and five years of security updates to select devices at a community event in London. Speaking at the event, Gary Chen, the head of software products at OnePlus, said the new update policy will help users at a time when most people are keeping their devices for longer. According to Chen, the additional years of update “will give users access to the latest security and functional features” for much longer, helping them better enjoy their OnePlus devices.

While the new policy is a step in the right direction for OnePlus, it is not all good news for folks that are already using OnePlus devices. That’s because the promise is only valid for devices launched in 2023 and later, meaning current smartphones, like the OnePlus 10 Pro, will not benefit from it. It is also worth noting that the new policy may not be applicable to all future OnePlus releases, meaning mid-rangers, like the Nord series, could be left out.

As for which devices could be the first to come with the new update policy, speculation suggests that it could be the OnePlus 11 series, which is expected to launch in the first half of 2023 with Android 13 out of the box. There’s a lot that’s already known about OnePlus’ upcoming flagships. Recent leaks suggest that the Pro iteration could feature a revamped design with a circular camera housing at the back, instead of the rectangular one on its predecessor. In addition, there will likely be a new triple-camera system on the OnePlus 11 Pro, including a 50MP primary rear camera, a 48MP ultra-wide shooter and a 32MP telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom.

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Source: 9to5Google

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