A few days ago the Oxygen OS for OnePlus smartphones has been upgraded to Android Oreo 8.1. Both OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T will receive the newest OS version, while the OnePlus 5 and 5T will receive it at the beginning on 2018.
OnePlus Will Not Introduce Project Treble to Their Smartphones Yet
Unfortunately, this update also brings bad news, as it will not come with Project Treble. This feature was the headline of the update and it was officially announced on OnePlus forums that OnePlus 3, OnePlus 3T, OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T will not get support for it.
This feature would have made OEMs updates a lot easier to be sent for their devices. The team leader behind Project Treble called their work the ‘biggest change to the low-level system architecture of Android to date’.
Project Treble separates the core framework of the OS from the low-level, specific code of the vendor. This way, OnePlus could have made changes at software-level without the need to wait for their partners to rework their hardware (drivers).
Devices That Come with Oreo 8.0 out of the Box Will Get Project Treble
All the phones and tablets that are shipped with Oreo 8.0 will have Project Treble implemented, but devices that run on previous operating systems will not have this feature.
This means that the decision OnePlus took will deprive the developer community of the benefits from Project Treble. But this doesn’t mean that OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T will be left out after they get Android Oreo 8.0. They, along with OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T, will get Android Oreo 8.1 update a little later.
The Oreo 8.1 will come with bug fixes, PiP support for Netflix, UI changes and a lot more features. When talking about their Open Bets program, the Project Manager, Adam Krisko, said that they will not stop until they ‘feel there are no more updates that are relevant for the Open Beta program’.