OnePlus disappoints yet again; 3/3T won’t get major updates after Android O
Even 4 years after the iPhone 5 was launched, Apple updated the phone with the latest operating system. Was it necessary? No, I don’t think so. But was it a big deal? Oh dear yes. The update just showed how committed Apple is in serving its customers. Not just the new ones, but also the owners of previous iPhones. And by the way, OnePlus just announced that the OnePlus 3/3T won’t be getting any major updates after Android O. Wait, WHAT!?
Making an exceptional phone with top of the line hardware and great software is just half the story. What’s the use of such brawn, if the software starts letting you down. The importance of regular software updates is so often undermined that it’s starting to get on my nerves now. There have been so many phones that seemed to be promising, but were later bogged down by cloggy software.
Most OEMs follow a 2 year update window in which security and major updates are pushed to their phones. I know it won’t be fair to compare iPhones vs Android phones in this case. Since Apple has a tightly bound ecosystem it’s easier to develop software and update the phones. Android OEMs like Samsung, Sony etc. have to wait for Google to release the source code, then work with their own skin on the bare OS and then finally push it to mobile carriers who also make changes before pushing it to consumers.
But it’s sad to hear that the OnePlus 3T which was just launched in November of last year won’t see any official major updates after it gets updated to Android O. OnePlus just doesn’t seem to curb disappointing their customers when it comes to software updates. Just last month OnePlus announced that the OnePlus 2 will no longer get Android Nougat (Even when it was promised earlier!).
The practice of pushing excellent smartphones with lack of software support seems pretty redundant. Smartphones, especially flagships, are made powerful so that they can stand the test of time and are able to support what the future throws at them. But if the phones will no longer get software updates, do we even need them to have such specs? Seems pretty counter-intuitive to me.
Someone tell OnePlus that this ideology is definitely not adding up.