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OnePlus reaffirms its commitment to regular software updates for its newer phones following a fan's worrying discovery

Newer devices on OxygenOS should get regular updates. (Source: OnePlus)
Newer devices on OxygenOS should get regular updates. (Source: OnePlus)
OnePlus has just added some of its newer devices to the Android Enterprise Recommended (AER) program. However, this has created confusion as the OEM originally left its new webpage on the subject on "quarterly security patches" for all of the models in question. This has now been corrected, in conjunction with a statement from a company representative.

OnePlus has just posted a new page on its website outlining its Android Enterprise Recommended (AER) Security Update policy for some of its devices: the Nord, 8 and 8 Pro. However, when this was dug up and posted to this OEM's official community forum, it proved a source of consternation. All of these devices were listed as those in line for security patch upgrades once per quarter-year, whereas the company had stated earlier that they would be kept up to date in a more frequent manner.

OnePlus had publicly stated that it aims to release new security patches every 2 months for newer devices. In addition, it has committed to official support for each new flagship over 3 years, although the last of these involves the bi-monthly security patches only. The AER page has subsequently been updated to reflect that goal, suggesting that the first version was in error.

Therefore, the 8-series and Nord smartphones are back on a "regular" security update schedule, according to this page. Their support end dates are in 2023, as may be expected. Concerns aired on the community website to this effect have also been addressed by OnePlus' Community Consultant David Monteiro.

Then again, it is strange that other recent releases such as the 8T (not to mention the 7T series) are not on this page; perhaps they did not make the AER list.

The original version of the AER page that raised alarms for OnePlus users. (Source: OnePlus Community)
The original version of the AER page that raised alarms for OnePlus users. (Source: OnePlus Community)
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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2020-12- 9 (Update: 2020-12- 9)