OnePlus Announces Android 6.0 Marshmallow Roadmap
OnePlus took to its forums to announce the roadmap for bringing over Android 6.0 Marshmallow to its growing portfolio of devices.
First up is the OnePlus One, which will continue on with Cyanogen OS as that is what the product officially shipped with. The Marshmallow update for the One (with Cyanogen OS) is expected in the first quarter of 2016. There will also be a community build of OxygenOS, but no timeline has been promised for it as the company will be “updating the community build when time allows”.
Next up is the OnePlus 2, which is also expecting an update in Q1 2016. This update will be for OxygenOS and will include the new standard API for fingerprint sensors that comes along with Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
For the OnePlus X, the company has refrained from giving a timeline for the Marshmallow upgrade. Considering that the roadmap is quite flexible for the other two devices, we have mixed feelings for this. On one hand, not providing a date or even a quarter gives them ample of time and plenty of wiggle room to push a polished update. On the other hand, not being able to specify a quarter in 2016 for the release of the OS makes one wonder if the company is actually committed to delivering Marshmallow while it is still relevant. Considering the fact that OxygenOS is decently close to stock Android, and that we still have one and a half month left for 2015 to end, the OnePlus X loses some of its sheen as a lower budget handset which benefits from being close to stock Android as it loses out on the quick upgradability aspect. Whatever be the case, we hope that the device will receive Marshmallow along the same time frame as the other OnePlus devices.
It’s not all bad news for OnePlus X owners, as the company has released the kernel sources for the device. This should help inject some more choice into the custom ROM scene for the device. You can find the kernel sources here.
OnePlus sure has their work cut out for them, as they should be aiming to beat manufacturers with heavy skins on delivering a pleasant Android 6.0 experience in a timely manner. The devices, along with their budget, make for some decent competition in the mid range. Timely update support would be a welcome cherry on the top.
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