Back during the keynote speech at I/O, Google updated people on something called Project Treble, the latest project designed to get third-party manufacturers to roll out Android updates more quickly. Plenty of them signed up, including OnePlus, but it's just been announced that the brand new OnePlus 6 won't be the only phone benefiting from that initiative.
Last year OnePlus claimed that the OnePlus 5 and 5T wouldn't be supporting Project Treble, which would inevitably mean there was more work (and more time) needed to update the phones to the upcoming Android P. There's good news, though, because the company seems to have changed its mind.
The OnePlus 6 was built with Project Treble in mind, which we can see by the fact users are able to install the Android P beta. Now, though, support has been added to the latest version of the Oxygen OS beta designed for last year's phones. This update itself comes with an updated user interface, tweaks to the way the launcher works, a new Weather app design, and accent colour customisation support. But of Treble, the page says:
After several months of evaluation and hard work, we finally found a solution to make this possible, and we are very excited to share this good news with you.
This doesn't necessarily mean the OnePlus 5 and 5T will be getting updates nearly as quickly as Google's Pixel range, or even the OnePlus 6. What it does mean is that OnePlus is committed to getting software updates out to its users as quickly as it can - even if they aren't rocking the very latest model. This should also continue for the rest of both phones' operational life, which OnePlus has confirmed means another year of Android updates and two years of security patches. [TechRadar]