- OxygenOS and ColorOS will remain an independent brand
Back in September, OnePlus announced the codebase for both OxygenOS and ColorOS would merge with the goal of creating one unified and upgraded operating system for OnePlus and Oppo brands globally. While OxygenOS and ColorOS will continue to be developed on the same codebase – to allow for faster updates and better build quality – “OxygenOS and ColorOS will remain independent brand properties.”
With OxygenOS 13, OnePlus want to deliver an experience that long-time OnePlus users will be familiar with while ensuring it upholds hallmarks of OxygenOS, like a fast and smooth experience, burdenless design, and ease of use. OxygenOS 13 will retain its unique visual design and a range of exclusive customization features.
- OxygenOS 13 is coming as well
OnePlus has started working on Android 13-based OxygenOS 13.
UPDATE 2: FEBRUARY 08
- The Unified OS will be based on Android 13, could be called H2OOS
According to the report, the new OS could be called H2OOS, as recently the company also registered a trademark for this name. Additionally, the Unified OS will be based on Android 13. The new OS will be launched alongside the next flagship smartphone by OnePlus.
UPDATE 1: SEPTEMBER 21, 2021
OnePlus said the next OnePlus flagship will debut with this integrated OxygenOS and ColorOS software in 2022, likely to the OnePlus 10:
In terms of timeline, for global OnePlus devices, we will first introduce the integrated OS with the launch of our next flagship series in 2022. The integration will be fully completed together with the next major Android update in 2022. We will share more details about when specific devices will receive the new OS at a later date.
JULY 04, 2021 – Original Story
In order to improve efficiency and standardize the software experience across our portfolio, we’re working on integrating the codebase of OxygenOS and ColorOS.
According to a forum post, OnePlus said that the change will go unnoticed because it is happening behind the scenes.
This is a change that you will likely not even notice since it’s happening behind the scenes. We now have a larger and even more capable team of developers, more advanced R&D resources, and a more streamlined development process all coming together to improve the OxygenOS experience.
OnePlus tries to explain that the OxygenOS will be as unique as it was before. Now read this:
OxygenOS remains the OS for global OnePlus users as always, but now built on a more stable and stronger platform. This will apply to new devices in the future, while for existing devices that are still within the maintenance schedule, it will occur via an OTA update along with Android 12.
OnePlus now promised a better Android update schedule (almost the same old pattern) that delivers at least three years of support. The new schedule as follows:
- Flagship product line (including T / R): The OnePlus 8 series and newer devices will receive 3 major Android updates and 4 years of security updates.
- Nord / Nord CE: The first OnePlus Nord and newer Nord / Nord CE devices will receive 2 major Android updates and 3 years of security updates.
- Nord N series: Starting from N10 and N100, all N series devices will receive 1 major Android update and 3 years of security updates.
This new software update policy only applies to the OnePlus 8 series or newer. OnePlus adds that software updates for the eligible devices will “follow the requirements of our carrier partners.”
Another message from OnePlus:
(Note: Flagship devices released prior to the OnePlus 8 series will follow the previous schedule of 2 major Android updates and 3 years of security updates. Software update plans for carrier versions will follow the requirements of our carrier partners.)