13 October 2021
It was in June when OnePlus officially announced a deeper integration with Oppo. It was said to be a decision to get access to additional resources for the development of better products. The codebases of OxygenOS and ColorOS were merged a month after the announcement. These two moves led to a lot of speculations, especially among OnePlus and OxygenOS fans. And now, OnePlus' Pete Lau has detailed future software and hardware plans post-merger in a blog post.
Lau is referring to this whole journey as the OnePlus 2.0 phase. The biggest step in this new phase will be the merger of OxygenOS and ColorOS that will result in a unified OS. An official name for this new OS has not been revealed yet but it is said to deliver the best of both worlds. It is said to be fast and smooth, reliable, smart and feature-rich, and clean and lightweight.
The unified OS will debut with the OnePlus 10 series next year. It will be then be expanded to select existing OnePlus devices through an over-the-air update. An exact list is unknown but it will most likely include devices that will be eligible for the Android 13 upgrade. Lau has assured OnePlus fans that they will get a version of the unified OS that will meet their expectations like a clean user experience and bootloader unlocking support.
Lau further talked about the OnePlus product roadmap for the future. There are five different lineups that the company will be offering to cover different price points. These include the main flagship series, Nord series, Nord N series, OnePlus R series, and Nord CE series. It says affordable lineups will be expanded to cover more and more regions.
If you are wondering is where is the T-series, it is missing from the roadmap because OnePlus will not be releasing a new T-series phone going forward. It means you will not get a OnePlus 9T this year like we have been receiving since the debut of the OnePlus 3T five years ago.
Lastly, OnePlus will continue with its focus on improving the camera performance. It started with a partnership with Hasselblad which was used for the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro cameras. The blog post mentions that the team will specifically focus on three key areas:
- Creating a great and burdenless user experience at the very fundamental level.
- Continuing to focus on improving color performance together with Hasselblad, the industry-leader in color, as well as with customized sensor and lenses.
- Investing in the research and development of a range of new and improved technologies that will take the camera experience to new heights for our users.