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OnePlus Breaks Tradition: Shorter Software Support Challenges Samsung and Google

OnePlus has taken a different approach to software support compared to Samsung and Google, opting for shorter updates. In a recent interview with Tom’s Guide, OnePlus’ COO, Kinder Liu, explained that they believe lengthy support doesn’t matter much if your phone’s hardware is outdated.

Contrary to the Google Pixel 8 and Samsung Galaxy S24 series, which promise seven years of updates, the OnePlus 12 and OnePlus 12R break this pattern. OnePlus 12 gets four years of updates, and the OnePlus 12R has three years, with an extra year of security patches for both.

Released with OxygenOS 14, the OnePlus 12 and OnePlus 12R aim for smooth performance over four years, backed by TÜV SUD stress tests. OnePlus boasts a battery health engine to maintain performance even after 1,600 charge cycles, about four years.

While competitors promise seven years of software support, OnePlus focuses on practicality. Counterpoint Research and Vodafone suggest Android users typically upgrade every four years, aligning with the OnePlus 12’s lifecycle.

The pace of yearly phone releases persists, yet more manufacturers prioritize sustainability with longer-lasting materials.

Rising living costs may curb non-essential purchases like phones, reducing regular upgrades.

While Google Pixel 8 and Samsung Galaxy S24 could stay relevant until 2031, OnePlus 12 users might lag by 2028.

The future holds questions: Will others emulate Google and Samsung’s extended support? Or stick to tradition?

Time will reveal if OnePlus’s decision is wise and if extended support becomes a sought-after feature.

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