OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has confirmed that the corporate doesn’t plan to launch its conventional T-series system within the second half of this yr. He additionally introduced that subsequent yr’s OnePlus flagship telephone would run on a newly unified working system, following the corporate’s integration with fellow BBK Electronics subsidiary Oppo. OnePlus introduced it will be merging the codebases of its Android-based OxygenOS working system with Oppo’s ColorOS in July.
This implies we’re unlikely to see a OnePlus 9T following up this yr’s OnePlus 9. Regardless of the same names, the corporate’s T-series telephones have provided vital upgrades over its flagships from earlier within the yr. For instance, the 8T had round double the charging speeds of the 8, whereas the 7T bumped the unique 7 show to a better 90Hz refresh fee.
“This year we will not be launching a T-series product,” Lau mentioned by way of a translator in a roundtable interview with The Verge and different journalists. This would be the first yr with out a T-series system since OnePlus adopted the discharge schedule with the OnePlus 3T in 2016. Since then, like clockwork, OnePlus has launched a brand new T-series telephone within the latter half of every yr, culminating in final yr’s OnePlus 8T.
In what’s successfully a merger between OnePlus and Oppo, the 2 firms shall be unifying the underlying codebases of OxygenOS and Oppo’s ColorOS. The 2 Android-based working programs will proceed to have their very own branding and distinctive options, Lau mentioned, however the code underpinning them would be the identical, and so they’ll be developed by a unified crew. The way in which OnePlus describes it, the strategy will end in an working system that’s “fast and smooth” and “clean and lightweight” like OxygenOS, whereas additionally being “reliable” and “smart and feature-rich” like ColorOS.
Lau mentioned the codebase integration of the 2 working programs was accomplished in June, and that it’s already serving to to permit for extra frequent software program updates. However we’ll have to attend till subsequent yr to see the primary OnePlus flagship launch with the newly built-in working system. It gained’t simply be new OnePlus telephones getting the brand new OS — it can additionally come to OnePlus’s older gadgets is that they’re nonetheless scheduled to obtain help. These help intervals embrace three main updates for flagship telephones, two for many Nord gadgets, and one for Nord N telephones. Final week, Oppo introduced that the OnePlus 9 sequence will obtain a beta of the brand new software program in October, adopted by the OnePlus 8 sequence in December.
OnePlus tells The Verge that integrating its operations with Oppo was essential to make it extra environment friendly, and would streamline its R&D assets “to support more products and work more efficiently.” In addition to integrating the 2 firm’s working programs, OnePlus additionally mentioned it will be integrating its Warp Cost quick charging normal with Oppo’s SuperVOOC.
Final week, Bloomberg reported that Oppo’s merger with OnePlus is creating redundancies, together with inside its ColorOS growth unit, as the 2 BBK subsidiaries pool assets. As many as 20 % of employees throughout some software program and system groups are reportedly being lower, based on the report. The cuts are reportedly the results of Oppo increasing too quickly in recent times, transferring aggressively into new nations and product classes with huge bets that haven’t payed off.
Throughout our briefing, nevertheless, which passed off previous to the publication of Bloomberg’s report, OnePlus’s Lau performed down the opportunity of merger-related layoffs. “[Redundancies haven’t] been something that’s come up during the merger,” Lau mentioned by way of a translator, “We have a focus on bringing together the OnePlus and Oppo teams to be able to bring together the strengths of both sides into the merged entity.”