OnePlus 3 and 3T will now not get 8.1 – but they will get 9.0
The 3 and 3T are OnePlus’ 2016 and late-2016 flagship releases, respectively. Their owners may have been pleased to learn that they would be supported with updates and security patches for some time to come. On the other hand, the phones are also near the ends of their product cycles and still lack a stock OS based on the newest version of Oreo. OnePlus has recently offered a good excuse for this: they’re bringing Android 9.0, rather than 8.1, to the handsets.
This information was released on July 30, 2018 by an administrator and Oxygen OS operative on the oneplus.com forums. The post in question attributes the “greatly accelerated” progress on the Android P program at OnePlus. According to the administrator, this is being done through:
working closely with Google on the Android P Beta program.
This may come as welcome news for customers who are aware that the official release of Android P is near at hand by now, thus rendering 8.1 considerably closer to obsolescence. On the other hand, OnePlus’ official statement on this subject also mentions that 9.0 will come to its flagship devices in this order: 6, 5/5T and then 3/3T. In other words, people who still use the 2016 phablets will be at the back of the queue for the newest updates. The Chinese company has promised to keep those individuals posted on new developments on this issue over time.