OnePlus to limit smartphone production and put an end to OxygenOS

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OnePlus has announced that its OxygenOS will be combined with its new parent company’s ColorOS, following its announcement that it will become an Oppo sub-brand. The two companies have chosen to standardize the software experience across their whole portfolio in order to “better use their shared resources.”

OxygenOS, unlike ColorOS, is based on stock Android, which should improve the OnePlus user experience significantly. However, reports claim that the user experience will remain unchanged and that the integration process will take place in the backend, on the coding of the Operating System.

Further Details

From 2022 forward, it has been verified by reliable sources that OnePlus will replace OxygenOS. In OxygenOS 12 and ColorOS 12, OnePlus and Oppo already shared codebases, but with Android 13, they will create one OS. The Unified and Upgraded Global Operating System will not constitute a departure from OxygenOS, according to a recent statement.

In addition, OnePlus claims that its next flagship will be released in 2022 with a “newly integrated OS.” OnePlus usually launches ‘T’ smartphones in October or November, with the OnePlus 3T being the first to arrive in 2016. Today’s announcement indicates that the OnePlus 9T and OnePlus 9T Pro will not be released this year which is a pity since the tech giant’s devices were excellent for carrying out everyday tasks such as messages backup. Instead, the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro will be available for purchase throughout the rest of 2021 and into early 2022.

Summing Up

It’s unclear whether OnePlus will revert to bi-annual flagship smartphone releases. 

OnePlus has stated that it will also update existing devices to remove OxygenOS. Currently, few specifics are available, but it appears like OnePlus smartphones will receive Android 13’s ‘integrated OS’ in late 2022.