When you buy your smartphone from an Apple, a Samsung, or an LG, you largely know what you’re getting from that experience, and so a lot of shoppers put their faith in these big manufacturers. Going with a smaller company, though, can be a bit like rolling the dice: will they still be around for hardware and software support months, or years after you make your purchase? Two years back, we saw smartphone consumers bet big on OnePlus, and they returned in 2015 to snatch up the OnePlus 2 and OnePlus X. And as the OnePlus user base grows, more and more of these owners are expectantly looking to the company for updates – and specifically, new builds of OxygenOS and Cyanogen OS based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Ever since last fall, when OnePlus laid out its planned update schedule, we’ve been curious to see if the company would be able to follow through on its promises. And while a public release isn’t ready just yet, a new soak test gives us reason to believe OnePlus is on the right track for hitting at least some of those goals.
Just for a refresher, last fall Carl Pei announced that both the OnePlus 2 and the original OnePlus One would receive Marshmallow-based updates sometime in Q1 2016 – and we’ve got just two weeks to go until the quarter’s over.
Today we hear that OnePlus has reportedly begun soak testing its OxygenOS 3.0 update for the OnePlus 2 – one that’s built on top of Android 6.0.1. And while a soak test is no guarantee that a broad public release is imminent, it sure is just the sort of late-stage testing we’d expect to see prior to wide deployment.
Even if OnePlus does make good on getting this update out before the end of March, that still leaves the OnePlus One’s Marshmallow update to be addressed – and we’ve yet to even get a specific ETA for the OnePlus X. Still, it’s a step in the right direction, and we’ll be paying close attention these next two weeks to see if OnePlus manages to meet its goal.
Source: Android Police