OnePlus Leaves OnePlus 2 Owners in the Dark for Their Nougat Update

OnePlus Leaves OnePlus 2 Owners in the Dark for Their Nougat Update

And the owners are not happy about it

OnePlus has been maintaining a good record with its flagships, the OnePlus 3 and the OnePlus 3T. The devices have received their Android 7.1.1 update coupled with OxygenOS 4.1 on the stable branch, and continue to receive several updates in the Open Beta branch.

But outside of the current generation flagship, the situation does not appear as good. OnePlus’s smartphone portfolio is fairly limited for a company that is more than three years old, but even then, little attention has been paid to yesteryear’s devices.

Take for example the OnePlus 2, OnePlus’s flagship for 2015 with the ill-fated Snapdragon 810. The device was launched with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, which was later updated to Android 6.0 Marshmallow in mid-2016. The last update to the device came in a few weeks ago, in the form of OxygenOS 3.5.8. To the disappointment of its users, this update was still based on Android Marshmallow, although it did contain security patches up to March 2017.

Similarly, the OnePlus X with its Snapdragon 801 SoC was released in 2015 with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, and was later updated to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The last update, OxygenOS 3.1.4, came to the device in November 2016, and it’s still Marshmallow with security patch level of November 1, 2016.

What users want, and what OnePlus is silent on to the best of our knowledge, is a word on what is up with the Nougat update for the OnePlus 2 and security updates for the OnePlus X. At least for the OnePlus X, the Nougat update is likely out of control for OnePlus, but they could bring in more security updates.

OnePlus missed an opportunity to let users know about its progress on bringing Nougat when posting the changelog for their last update for the OnePlus 2. Forum users, both in the OnePlus forums and our own forums, are rather annoyed by the lack of communication more so than the lack of updates from the company.

This silence from the company has even prompted furious users to organize a Thunderclap campaign. You can support the users on their Thunderclap campaign and know more about it here.

It is worth noting that nightly builds of LineageOS based on Android 7.1 Nougat are available for both, the OnePlus 2 and the OnePlus X.

We hope that OnePlus breaks its silence on the update status for these devices.

What are your thoughts on the update situation on the OnePlus 2 and the OnePlus X? Let us know in the comments below!

Clarification on the Thunderclap campaign. The campaign’s organizers have informed us that their primary concern is not the lack of a Nougat update for the OnePlus 2 or OnePlus X (as it is well known that the latter will not receive Nougat due to the fact that it is using a Snapdragon 801), but over a cited lack of communication about these issues in general. As for the OnePlus X in particular, the organizers state that they would be happy to receive monthly security patches and bug fixes, given that the Nougat update is out of the question.

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Aamir Siddiqui
Aamir Siddiqui

I am a tech journalist with XDA since 2015, while being a qualified business-litigation lawyer with experience in the field. A low-end smartphone purchase in 2011 brought me to the forums, and it's been a journey filled with custom ROMs ever since. When not fully dipped in smartphone news, I love traveling to places just to capture pictures of the sun setting. You can reach out to me at [email protected]