True to their word, OnePlus has started dropping Android 7.0 Nougat to OnePlus 3T users on the last day of 2016 via an update to OxygenOS 4.0.
Though they’ve technically met the promised deadline for the update, a large number of users will only start receiving the update when 2017 is well and truly underway. Global rollouts typically take weeks to cover all devices, and this one shouldn’t be any different.
The update is for Android 7.0 Nougat on beta for OnePlus 3T users, shortly after which the stable version will drop to all OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T devices. The older OnePlus 3 was the first to get the beta OOS 4.0 back in November, and is still receiving beta updates.
The most likely explanation for a beta coming now and a stable version so soon after is that the stable version isn’t ready, yet the company absolutely wanted to keep its December 31 self-imposed deadline. Stable versions don’t usually come back to back with beta versions unless the beta is the last one, with very few tweaks required before a stable channel release.
OnePlus 3T users now have the opportunity to get on the beta ROM while waiting for the stable version to drop. The important thing is: their faith in the company has not been broken by delays and subsequent excuses. They can truly say they kept their word to the best of their abilities.
It also sets the tone for a great 2017 for OnePlus, which has a relatively small but very strong follower base that absolutely love the Android-based OOS.
OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T may be two devices, but the 3T is merely a continuity of the 3, with key upgrades in battery, capacity and chipset. Other than that they’re essentially an extension of OnePlus’s drive to make the best smartphones possible for their loyal customer base.
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