OnePlus has apparently fumbled its promise of a stable Android 7.0 Nougat release for the OnePlus 3 and 3T by the end of 2016, with today’s announcement on its forums of the first OxygenOS 4.0 (Android 7.0) beta build for the OnePlus 3T. The release puts the 3T in line with the OnePlus 3, which has been receiving beta builds since late November, the most recent one just a few days ago.
On November 30, a OnePlus spokesperson told AC: (Emphasis ours)
We will continue to update [the OnePlus 3 and 3T] separately until we bring Android Nougat to the OnePlus 3T and OnePlus 3 by the end of the year. After the Nougat update, both these devices will be on the same update schedule.
Similar announcements were made elsewhere, and most of us took this to mean a stable, not beta release would land by the end of the year on both phones.
Indeed, the OnePlus 3T was originally supposed to go straight from OxygenOS 3.5 (on Marshmallow) to 4.0 (on Nougat) without being involved in the beta process at all. Thus today’s beta release suggests things aren’t going exactly as planned, and that more time is needed. There’s no word on the OnePlus 3’s prospects of a Nougat stable OTA by the end of the day, but the fact that the most recent beta build dropped just a couple days back casts doubt on this.
Today’s development is disappointing for OnePlus 3 and 3T owners hoping for an official update in time for the new year — as is the radio silence from OnePlus’s official channels on the end-of-year deadline. In the meantime, a beta release for eager upgraders is better than nothing.
We’ve reached out to OnePlus for clarification on the status of stable Nougat updates for its phones, and will update this post with its response.
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