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OnePlus won't offer 7 years of OS updates: Here's why

OnePlus' President and COO, Kinder Liu, has commented on Samsung's 7 years of software update policy.

Edited By: Pranav Sawant

Published: Feb 06, 2024, 04:26 PM IST

OnePlus 11 5G (1)
OnePlus 11 5G (1)

Story Highlights

  • OnePlus has finally revealed why it isn't planning to match the 7-year software update policy of Samsung.
  • The company boss revealed that the user experience may not be the same after several years.
  • OnePlus currently offers 4 years of OS updates and 5 years of security updates.

Samsung and Google are the only two brand in the market that offer up to 7 years of updates to their flagship smartphones. OnePlus comes next with 4 years of OS updates and 5 years of security updates. Well, five of the total updates sounds perfectly good, but if you are someone who’s planning to use their smartphone even longer, you may have to rely on Samsung or Google. If you still want a OnePlus device and are expecting more years of updates, then there’s bad news for you.

OnePlus’ President and COO, Kinder Liu, in an interview with Tom’s Guide, said that offering longer software updates misses the point.

“Simply offering longer software update policies completely misses the point.”

“It’s not just software update policies that are important to the user, it’s the fluency of your phone’s user experience too,” he continued.

What he appears to have said is that longer software updates are the only thing that matters, but the phone’s fluency also matters. He was probably talking about the phone’s hardware.

Further, he used a metaphor to comment on the long software update offered by two of the other brands. He said, “Imagine your phone is a sandwich. Some manufacturers are now saying that the filling in their sandwiches — their phone’s software — will still be good to eat in seven years’ time. But what they’re not telling you is that the bread in the sandwich — the user experience — might be moldy after four years. Suddenly a seven-year software update policy doesn’t matter, because the rest of your experience with the phone is terrible.”

It appears that OnePlus is clear that it isn’t interested in offering a competitive software update policy. But he does have a point there. Although flagships do come with top-notch hardware, they may not function as well as new devices. Also, as Liu pointed out,  the user experience might become moldy.

As said above, OnePlus now gives up to 5 years of updates, which in itself is a good and sustainable software policy. Xiaomi also announced the same policy last year for its flagships. Nothing comes next by giving 3 years of OS updates and 4 years of security updates.

What phone do you use? Tell us how many years of updates will your device receive and if you are happy with that.

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Author Name | Pranav Sawant


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