Now it seems that OnePlus is taking some bold steps, at least with the software side of the equation. OnePlus officials have now confirmed that the upcoming OnePlus 9 series of smartphones will feature ColorOS 11 based on Android 11 OS.
For the uninitiated, ColorOS 11 is a custom operating system of the OPO. And, until now, only Oppo smartphones have adopted the operating system. Along with the OnePlus 9 series, another set of phones will now offer ColorOS 11.
Is this just a beginning?
The USP of the OnePlus smartphone is their nearly stock-like OS with no pre-installed third-party apps or bloatware. It is set to change with the OnePlus 9, as it is now launching with ColorOS 11 instead of HydrosOS.
On top of this, the company has also confirmed that it will soon close the Hydrogenz portal. However, the company will meet the promised software updates for devices that shipped with HydrangeNOS. So, at least 4 to 5 OnePlus devices are expected to receive Hydrogenz updates based on Android 11 OS.
This means that phones like OnePlus 8T, OnePlus 8 Pro, OnePlus 8, and even OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7T Series are likely to get the next iteration of HydrogenOS. The phones of OnePlus will now be based on the latest Android OS with the new iteration of ColorOS 11 or ColorOS, launching (in China).
HydrogenOS is a custom OS similar to OxygenOS. The main difference between the two is that OxygenOS ships with Google Play Services, while HydrogenOS does not. The latter also packs some China-market-centric features with the third-party app and game stores that are popular in China.
Note that, ColorOS 11 will replace hydrogen and not OxygenOS. Therefore, only Chinese users will be affected by this update. That said, this could signal the company's plans to completely replace Oxygen OS with ColorOS, as it would save huge investment in software development.
Although the company has not said anything, the international and Indian version of the OnePlus 9 series will ship with the Oxygen based on Android 11, just like the OnePlus 8T.