While most prominent brands in the smartphone industry are preparing for the rollout of Android 7.0 Nougat for their respective smartphones, OnePlus is going to be one of the few to actually initiate the process this year.
OnePlus launched its upgraded OnePlus 3T smartphone as a successor to the OnePlus 3, but failed to update the OS on the new smartphone. As it appears, the Chinese smartphone maker will be updating both OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T smartphones from Android Marshmallow to Android Nougat together. It is only logical for OnePlus to do so.
Assuming that information is true, OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T will get the latest software this year. The company is already testing the Nougat-based OxygenOS with select users. Based on the feedback it receives from them, OnePlus will iron out any kinks before delivering a bug-free firmware to the public.
Even if OnePlus rolls out the Android Nougat update to its latest devices, the bigger question about the software's release to older OnePlus phones remain unanswered. While the OnePlus 2 users can be rest assured that the software will arrive sooner or later, the same cannot be said about OnePlus One.
There is a lot of uncertainty about the Android Nougat release for Snapdragon 801-powered OnePlus One due to the lack of support for the software's Vulcan API. But there are reports suggesting the company might still rollout the new software to OnePlus One, which will put those extra cores to better use in addition to unlocking some new features and a better UI.
That leaves us with just one device, the OnePlus X, which is well within Google's 18 months' timeline to be updated to the latest software. But we cannot expect the new software to arrive anytime this year. There are alternatives to get the Android Nougat features by installing a custom ROM on the phones, which may seem tricky for an average mobile user. But we have guides to walk you through the process.