OnePlus, Oppo to combine OxygenOS and ColorOS into a unified operating system in 2022; No OnePlus 9T this year

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OnePlus and Oppo have decided to combine their custom OxygenOS and ColorOS skins in a new unified operating system, OnePlus co-founder and CEO and Oppo CPO Pete Lau revealed in a forum post. The new operating system will be part of the next OnePlus flagship series, which is planned for 2022. It is the result of the merger between OnePlus and Oppo that became official earlier this year. In a separate media interaction, Lau confirmed that OnePlus has no plans to launch the OnePlus 9T as the new T-series device later this year.

Lau said in his post on the OnePlus community forums that the unified operating system would retain OxygenOS ‘DNA while providing users with an “overall improved experience.” He also revealed that the teams working on the integration between OxygenOS and ColorOS, which will eventually be available as a unified software platform, will be led by OxygenOS CEO Garry C.

“By pooling our software resources to focus on a unified and updated operating system for OnePlus and Oppo devices worldwide, we will combine the strengths of both in an even more powerful operating system: the fast, smooth, unencumbered experience of OxygenOS and stability and extensive functions of ColorOS ”, said Lau.

The executive also mentioned that OnePlus would also adapt the unified operating system specifically for its devices in order to continue to offer a “clean and light” experience and to support the unlocking of bootloaders.

The OnePlus and Oppo teams aim to fully complete the integration with the next major Android update in 2022. Details about which existing devices are eligible for the update will be announced. However, Lau has indicated that the unified operating system will first arrive in OnePlus’ next flagship series in 2022. It could be called OnePlus 10.

OnePlus will bring the unified operating system to its next flagship phone in 2022
Photo credit: OnePlus

In June, OnePlus announced its merger with Oppo and became its sub-brand. The company also began fusing its custom OxygenOS Android skin with Oppos ColorOS before eventually moving to the unified operating system.

In addition to working on the new software platform, OnePlus is working hard on new hardware. Lau said in the forum post that the company will continue to offer devices in various price ranges and offer more affordable product lines with localization – alongside the global launch of premium and ultra-premium flagships.

He also said that OnePlus is doubling its commitment to improving the camera experience. This would come from improving usability along with a focus on improving color performance in collaboration with Swedish manufacturer Hasselblad and investing in new and improved technologies.

However, The Verge reports that in a roundtable interview, Lau confirmed the lack of OnePlus 9T from the company’s product line in 2021. The phone has been rumored to be in the works, although a tipster recently suggested that OnePlus wouldn’t launch any of its new T-series phones this year.

OnePlus launched T-series phones as an upgrade to its flagships in the second half of the year. The trend started with the OnePlus 3T in 2016, but was tweaked with the OnePlus 8T last year when the company decided not to bring the OnePlus 8T Pro.

The decision not to launch any new T-series phones this year could be largely due to the ongoing chip shortage. The shortage of chip stocks and the increased cost of key components have also resulted in a 20 percent downsizing at Oppo, according to a recently published Bloomberg report.

This report also mentioned that the merger between OnePlus and Oppo will result in layoffs. However, Lau reportedly disproved the merger layoffs.

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