The next step for OnePlus: ColorOS and OxygenOS will unify next year

Both Oppo’s ColorOS and OnePlus’ OxygenOS will go away and these two OS will be merged to form a unified OS going forward.

In a blog on the OnePlus website, some of the details of this OS were revealed by Pete Lau, the Chief Product Officer. Pete says that One Plus is entering its next stage, OnePlus 2.0 with this merger.

The overall plan for the “unified” OS. Source

The blog also gave an idea about their strategy moving forward in regards to their Product and Camera experience.

Pete says that moving forward, the company will cater to a range of their users with high-quality products at multiple price points, even at more competitive segments.

The flagship models will be available globally just like before but more affordable models will be much more localised meaning they will launch entry-level phones (budget) based on the region’s market.

OnePlus range of products in multiple segments. Source

Talking about the camera department, it was mentioned that they are eager to improve their performance in the camera segment by investing in camera technology. They have also partnered with Hasselblad for their flagship series.

They are keen on improving their camera performance by focusing on three key areas. They want to create a great and “burdenless” user experience at a very basic level, improve colour performance with Hasselblad and custom lenses & sensors.

They also mentioned that they will be doubling down in their investment in R&D on a range of new and improved products.

Camera improvement in new 'unified OS'
OnePlus 2.0 focusing on Camera improvements. Source

Pete Lau also talks about the future of OxygenOS where he mentions that both ColorOS and OxygenOS had the same goal moving forward, creating an experience that is fast and smooth, simple and stable when they started planning for Android 12 last year.

“With the codebase integration, OxygenOS 12 build quality has been improving and software updates are becoming more timely. And more broadly speaking, over time we have seen that the two operating systems have been gradually converging in terms of the fundamental user experience.”, says Pete.

It was already clearly mentioned that the new “unified” OS will roll out next year with their next launch of the flagship series in 2022. The integration will be completed by the time there is the next major Android update. They claim that the new change will be very welcoming for the company and for the users as well.