OnePlus updates its latest flagships to Android 10 in just 18 days

Humza

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What normally takes Android OEMs a few months took OnePlus just 18 days. The company recently pushed out its Android 10 update for the latest OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro flagships just over two weeks after Google officially released the OS.

Breathing new life into its phones, OxygenOS 10.0 brings plenty of goodies on-board including a new UI design, privacy and connectivity improvements, gaming features, added customization and gesture controls, intelligent ambient display and better spam blocking.

Notable for its snappy performance, OnePlus keeps its Android mostly stock and makes useful additions and tweaks based on community feedback rather than bloating its features. To that end, the company released six Android 10 developer previews and two open betas for its OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro this year, hinting at its increased focus on providing better software at a quick pace.

The effort has paid off as the latest flagship received the OS update 27 days quicker than last year's Android 9.0 Pie update, which in itself was a huge improvement over the five months it took for the Android 8.0 Oreo update to reach OnePlus customers.

If OnePlus can manage to further improve and push updates this quickly for all of its current phones, it'll be among the very few capable of doing so. Apart from Google Pixel phones, only the Essential Phone and the Xiaomi Redmi K20 were third-party options to get a day-one Android 10 update, whereas other OEMs including Samsung, LG, Asus, Motorola, Sony and Huawei take their sweet time of a few months (or more), which is usually when the next iteration of Android is in the news or in beta.

Previous OnePlus phones, including a few 7 Pro variants, have yet to receive the Android 10 update. The company has requested users of the OnePlus 5/5T, 6/6T and carrier-locked 7 Pro variants (T-Mobile, 5G EE and 5G Sprint) stay tuned for OS update news that it plans to reveal at its OnePlus 7T launch event in London on October 10.

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Cycloid Torus

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@Humza,
Thanks for the update on Android OS updates. Will this be a continuing series to celebrate as "other OEMs including Samsung, LG, Asus, Motorola, Sony and Huawei take their sweet time of a few months"?
 

lipe123

TS Evangelist
Probably one of the bigger reasons I'm never getting a samsung again. They take ages and then release their bloatware builds. Or if your phone is older than 1 generation you never see the updates at all.

I still have a oneplus 3 and I'm on android 9, that's very impressive for a phone this old!
 

Mr Majestyk

TS Maniac
So less time for testing more time for bugs. It's not a race, as long as they release timely updates that are thoroughly tested. We don't need the Microsoft experience on our phones too.
 

hahahanoobs

TS Evangelist
Phone makers offering frequent security and OS updates have lower SKU counts than the ones that don't.
Food for thought.
 

p51d007

TS Evangelist
So less time for testing more time for bugs. It's not a race, as long as they release timely updates that are thoroughly tested. We don't need the Microsoft experience on our phones too.
One Plus doesn't really "test" bugs per se. They release their devices, and the USERS are the testers, more or less. Read their user forums. Hey, if you know what you are going into, it might be somewhat worth it, for a lesser price. Oppo has gotten much better at squishing the bugs out of the box, but they aren't for some, without headaches after launch. It's usually better when buying an OnePlus phone from Oppo, to wait about a month after launch or major software update, to update the phone.
 

Mr Majestyk

TS Maniac
So less time for testing more time for bugs. It's not a race, as long as they release timely updates that are thoroughly tested. We don't need the Microsoft experience on our phones too.
One Plus doesn't really "test" bugs per se. They release their devices, and the USERS are the testers, more or less. Read their user forums. Hey, if you know what you are going into, it might be somewhat worth it, for a lesser price. Oppo has gotten much better at squishing the bugs out of the box, but they aren't for some, without headaches after launch. It's usually better when buying an OnePlus phone from Oppo, to wait about a month after launch or major software update, to update the phone.
Oh look, I'm an not an early adopter, I'll wait 6 months at least or until there's a fire sale as the next gen phone is announced. I'm never on the bleeding edge. I'm still using a Samsung S7 Edge and won't update until next year.
 
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