The OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8 Pro and the OnePlus Nord will be obsolete from 2023. The phones will then have reached the end of the software support promised by OnePlus. This year, the young Chinese brand will stop deploying security updates to smartphones.
This December 7, 2020, OnePlus put online a new page dedicated to software support for its smartphones on its website. The manufacturer details when the phones in its catalog will be deprived of Android security updates. At first, the page is content to mention the OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8 Pro and the OnePlus North. The brand’s other recent smartphones, including the OnePlus 8T, will likely be added shortly.
As you might expect, the OnePlus 8 lineup will get security updates through the month April 2023, ie three years after their release on the market. For its part, the OnePlus North will not be officially obsolete untilin July 2023. Again, that’s exactly three years after launch.
3 years of Android updates
On his site, OnePlus commits to rolling out security updates quarterly. The OnePlus 8 and OnePlus Nord are therefore not entitled to monthly updates. For now, only the OnePlus 8T should be eligible for monthly Android security updates. On the other hand, OnePlus does not mention its latest flagship in its table.
This table confirms OnePlus’ promises in the area of software updates. In detail, the Chinese brand offers 24 months of regular software maintenance, including “New features, Android updates and security updates”. OnePlus adds a year of security maintenance including updates every two months.
Finally, OnePlus promises access to three major Android updates. De facto, the OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8 Pro and the OnePlus Nord will be able to install Android 11, Android 12 as well as Android 13. Moreover, Android 11 is already available on the OnePlus 8. On the other hand, the OnePlus Nord N100 and N10 5G will be deprived of an update to Android 12. Less high-end, smartphones do not benefit from the excellent software monitoring of OnePlus.