22 March 2021
OnePlus' plans for upgrading the OnePlus 7 and the OnePlus 7T to the latest Android 11 look set to get delayed until next year. It has shared a post on the official Chinese forums revealing that there has been some technical issue with the development. This has resulted in the team pushing back the whole testing process which in turn also affects the stable rollout timeline.
The post mentions that the team has faced issues with the data decryption on the OnePlus 7 and 7T with the Android 11 upgrade. It is for Hydrogen OS 11, OnePlus' custom Android skin for the Chinese market. OxygenOS is the custom skin that is available for global customers but since both these versions share the codebase, it is safe to assume that the delay would also affect the global version.
The good thing is that OnePlus is working with Qualcomm to figure out the issue. There is no expected timeline for when this issue will be fixed but the process is said to be underway. The delay is expected to stretch to the next year but OnePlus says it is hopeful of at least start beta testing this month itself.
OnePlus has had a track record of releasing software upgrades on time but in recent times, it has started to become a little irregular at supporting older devices. We will update you as soon as OnePlus issues a statement on the situation.