Oppo’s new update policy: The company is promising four major Color OS updates, but that isn’t necessarily the same as an Android version update
Oppo has just announced a new update policy for it’s flagship phones.
Oppo announced a new update policy just over a year ago, where the company pledged three major OS updates and four years of security patches for the Find X series of flagships.
With the new update policy, the Chinese smartphone brand said it now guarantees four major Color OS updates and five years of security patches for users.
There’s a catch though, these updates will only be applied to selected flagship models starting in 2023.
Will You Be Getting Android OS Or Color OS Updates?
In the new update policy, Oppo specifically says it guarantees four major “Color OS” updates rather than four major Android version updates.
When the company announced a revised upgrade policy a year ago, it specifically noted that it was offering three major “Android version” updates.
This is an important distinction, as we’ve seen some companies like Xiaomi upgrade their software overlay while leaving the underlying Android version intact.
So Oppo pledging to offer four major Color OS updates means it could theoretically only offer one or two Android version upgrades but delivers four Color OS updates.
For what it’s worth, the company indeed offers incremental Color OS releases such as Color OS 12.1 and 11.1 that don’t leap to new Android versions.
It’s good to see more smartphone companies offer five years of security updates. Oppo’s new update policy matches that of Samsung and Google.
Oneplus also announced a revised upgrade policy earlier this month as well.
Something To Note About Oppo’s New Update Policy
The new update policy only applies to future flagship devices that will launch next year. This means that if you own an Oppo flagships now, you’re not included in this new pledge.