Oppo now promises to match Samsung for updates (or does it?)
Robert Triggs / Android Authority
- Oppo has announced a revised update policy for upcoming flagship phones.
- The company says it’ll now offer four ‘major Color OS updates’ and five years of security patches.
- It’s unclear if the company will offer four Android version upgrades or four Color OS skin updates.
Oppo announced a new update policy just over a year ago, pledging three major OS updates and four years of security patches for Find X series flagships. Now, the company has announced a revised policy for flagship phones.
More specifically, the Chinese smartphone brand said it now guarantees four major Color OS updates and five years of security patches for users. It also noted that this applied to “selected flagship models” starting in 2023.
Oppo indeed confirmed to Android Authority that this policy only applies to future flagship devices launching next year. So Find X5 Pro and Find N owners aren’t included in this new pledge.
Android OS or Color OS updates?
It’s curious to see Oppo specifically saying it guarantees four major “Color OS” updates rather than four major Android version updates. When the company announced a revised upgrade policy a year ago, it specifically noted that it was offering three major “Android version” updates.
This is an important distinction, as we’ve seen some companies like Xiaomi upgrade their software overlay while leaving the underlying Android version intact. So Oppo pledging to offer four major Color OS updates means it could theoretically only offer one or two Android version upgrades but delivers four Color OS updates. For what it’s worth, the company indeed offers incremental Color OS releases such as Color OS 12.1 and 11.1 that don’t leap to new Android versions.
We’ve nevertheless asked Oppo to clarify whether the pledge indeed covers Color OS updates or the underlying Android version. We’ll update the article if/when the company gets back to us.
Otherwise, we’re glad to see the company offering five years of security patches. This matches Samsung and Google, while also matching OnePlus after it announced a revised upgrade policy earlier this month as well. But we hope to see the BBK brand bring its older update policy (three OS updates, four years of security patches) to mid-range phones.