OnePlus has both good and bad news for OnePlus 3 and 3T users. The bad news is they will have to wait even longer for getting the next major Android update. The good news is that that update will be Android 9.0. A few months before, OnePlus had said that Android 8.1 will be the last update for the OnePlus 3 and 3T users. However, the phone maker has now revealed that it will be skipping that and will be directly rolling out the Android P update.
In a blog post today, OnePlus stated that “After internal discussions and evaluation, we have decided to focus our development resources on the Android P project instead of upgrading the device to Android 8.1, so that we can offer more exciting features and improvements for our OnePlus 3 and 3T users.”
OnePlus’ past announcement of not supporting the OnePlus 3 series post the Android 8.1 update was the cause of a public outrage. That was primarily due to the fact that there was only a duration of six months between the launch of the OnePlus 3T and the Android Oreo announcement from Google.
OnePlus says it’s now closely working with Google to roll out the Android P update at the earliest. Although it will be still a while before OnePlus users will receive the P update on the stable channel. “The Android P update will be available on the OnePlus 6, OnePlus 5/T and OnePlus 3/3T, in this order.”, added the company in a blog post. Unfortunately, there no estimated timelines available yet. Therefore, you should expect OnePlus to release the public build by the end of this year or a little earlier in the case of OnePlus 6 users.
Editor’s Note: Coming to think of it, it’s a masterstroke from OnePlus to announce Android P for the 3 and the 3T. In my opinion, it’s very rare for someone to not upgrade to a new phone just because he/she has a phone running the latest software version. Most people update because the phone has gone slow, battery life has gone rogue, camera isn’t up to the mark, broken screen etc. But OnePlus stands to gain a lot of goodwill amongst the user community for bothering to upgrade a two-year-old device to the upcoming major version of Android, which surely will reap great benefits in long-term. And that’s possible because OnePlus has just two new devices to handle every year.