If OnePlus users plan on holding the company to its word, they’d better hope for a miracle, as we’re just one day away from the end of the quarter, and we’ve still yet to see the release of Android Marshmallow (in the form of OxygenOS 3.0) for the OnePlus 2. Last fall, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei told OnePlus 2 owners they’d get their Marshmallow before Q2, and so far the best we’ve had is word that a soak test of an OP2 OxygenOS 3.0 release got underway a couple weeks back. A final build doesn’t seem to likely to emerge before the quarter’s out, but OnePlus may still be able to give users the next best thing, as the company releases a public community build of OxygenOS 3.0 for the OnePlus 2.
OnePlus is clear that this release is still in testing, and users could see issues with battery life, network connectivity (especially over WiFi), and will lose a few app settings during the installation process. That said, the build is described as daily-driver-ready, and even in this unfinished state should deliver some substantial performance improvements – including drastically reduced times for fingerprint scanning.
Users will have to manually flash the update, but doing so can be done without first clearing user data. From there, there’s no moving back to previous releases without wiping everything, but there is a clear path forward, as the platform is OTA-enabled and future updates can be applied right on top.
What do you think: does this count for OnePlus 2 hitting its Q1 Marshmallow OnePlus 2 target? Or were you expecting the coding to be done by now, and not still in the test-and-bugfix phase?
There’s still no word on OxygenOS 3.0 for the OnePlus X.