Oppo now guarantees to match Samsung for updates (Replace: Oppo clarifies)

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TL;DR

  • Oppo has introduced a revised replace coverage for upcoming flagship telephones.
  • The corporate says it’ll now supply 4 ‘main Colour OS updates’ and 5 years of safety patches.
  • Oppo later clarified that it’ll supply 4 years of Android model upgrades.

Replace: December 27, 2022 (12:08 AM ET): Oppo has now confirmed to Android Authority that it’s certainly providing 4 years of Android OS updates fairly than 4 Colour OS pores and skin updates.

Which means that Oppo is certainly matching Samsung relating to the size of its replace commitments. Nevertheless, as acknowledged under, Oppo’s pledge solely applies to pick flagships launching in 2023.

Unique article: December 20, 2022 (8:34 AM ET): Oppo introduced a brand new replace coverage simply over a 12 months in the past, pledging three main OS updates and 4 years of safety patches for Discover X sequence flagships. Now, the corporate has introduced a revised coverage for flagship telephones.

Extra particularly, the Chinese language smartphone model stated it now ensures 4 main Colour OS updates and 5 years of safety patches for customers. It additionally famous that this utilized to “chosen flagship fashions” beginning in 2023.

Oppo certainly confirmed to Android Authority that this coverage solely applies to future flagship units launching subsequent 12 months. So Discover X5 Professional and Discover N homeowners aren’t included on this new pledge.

Android OS or Colour OS updates?

It’s curious to see Oppo particularly saying it ensures 4 main “Colour OS” updates fairly than 4 main Android model updates. When the corporate introduced a revised improve coverage a 12 months in the past, it specifically noted that it was providing three main “Android model” updates.

This is a crucial distinction, as we’ve seen some firms like Xiaomi improve their software program overlay whereas leaving the underlying Android model intact. So Oppo pledging to supply 4 main Colour OS updates means it might theoretically solely supply one or two Android model upgrades however delivers 4 Colour OS updates. For what it’s price, the corporate certainly presents incremental Colour OS releases reminiscent of Colour OS 12.1 and 11.1 that don’t leap to new Android variations.

We’ve nonetheless requested Oppo to make clear whether or not the pledge certainly covers Colour OS updates or the underlying Android model. We’ll replace the article if/when the corporate will get again to us.

In any other case, we’re glad to see the corporate providing 5 years of safety patches. This matches Samsung and Google, whereas additionally matching OnePlus after it introduced a revised improve coverage earlier this month as nicely. However we hope to see the BBK model deliver its older replace coverage (three OS updates, 4 years of safety patches) to mid-range telephones.