19 July 2021
OnePlus announced its plans for deeper integration with Oppo last week which left many fans and tech enthusiasts with a lot of questions. One of the commonly asked questions was what exactly this deeper integration means. Now as per an alleged internal memo shared by tipster Evan Blass aka @evleaks, it seems like we finally have some answers.
The most important thing to note is that OnePlus is set to become an Oppo sub-brand. This should not be surprising for anyone who has been following the two companies closely for the last few years. Both the companies are actually owned by BBK Electronics, a Chinese conglomerate. The R&D departments of OnePlus and Oppo merged with each other towards the end of the last year. We have also seen various OnePlus phones sharing a resemblance with Oppo's offerings.
Just received these talking points on the new relationship between Oppo and OnePlus. Might help to clear up some confusion. pic.twitter.com/mIVyjcmeKD— Evan Blass (@evleaks) June 18, 2021
In other words, the newest announcement is simply an official acknowledgment of what the tech community is already aware of. OnePlus will continue working as an independent entity despite the deeper merger. This is the reason OxygenOS will continue to run on existing and upcoming smartphone models of the company.
As for OnePlus users, they should not notice anything different on their smartphones. They will get the same level of support from the company as they have been getting prior to the announcement.