OnePlus have been in the news a lot lately. Between launching their new flagship killer, the OnePlus 5T and releasing Android Oreo for some models of the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T, they've been having a busy time lately. So when members of the OnePlus team took to their forums to conduct an AMA, there was obviously no shortage of questions. However, amidst all the talk of the future of the company, one answer caught many people's eye – the developers stated that while the OnePlus 3, OnePlus 3T, OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T will all be receiving Android Oreo, none of these flagship killers will be getting Project Treble support.
For those of you who are unaware, Project Treble is Google's modular operating system architecture, which they unveiled at Google I/O earlier this year. It's one of the biggest overhauls in Android's low-level system architecture as it separates the core operating system from individual vendor components, and stores those components as separate modules in the form of system-embedded applications within the vendor partition. What this achieves is that it allows OEMs to develop and release new Android updates much faster and kill the ridiculous waiting times that users experience between new versions of Android being announced and landing on their devices; as well as streamlining the process of updating drivers; driver updates would no longer have to be OTA and could be performed through the Google Play store, and manufacturers would no longer have to wait for vendors like Qualcomm to update the code for their SoCs.
OnePlus's decision not to support Project Treble may have a detrimental impact on the huge OnePlus developer community, as modular component upgrades offer plenty of benefits that they will unfortunately not get the chance to harness. However, OnePlus did announce some good news in this same AMA; they reassured users that the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T will not be left at Android 8.0 Oreo. They have confirmed that all 4 devices will be receiving Android 8.1 Oreo-based firmware "later" on, which will include bug fixes, picture-in-picture support for Netflix, UI changes, a battery level indicator for paired Bluetooth devices, and all the other changes associated with Android 8.1.
While we first need to see the proof in the pudding in terms of both the completion of the Android 8.0 rollout for the OnePlus 3 and 3T and the "early 2018" launch for Android Oreo for the 5 and the 5T, we're happy to see OnePlus committing to its hardware long-term.
What do you guys think? Do you think OnePlus will be delivering on its promises over the course of the next few months, or will we see a repeat of the poor OnePlus 2? Let us know in the comments, or post over in the forums with your thoughts.