Oppo’s concentrated efforts to provide ColorOS 13 to already-existing phones resulted in the most rapid rollout of any ColorOS version to date, which occurred after the release of ColorOS 13 on August 18th. But this statement also comes with some even more interesting news: beginning in 2023, Oppo will continue to provide software support for some of its flagship models.
To compete with brands like Samsung, Oppo has changed its software update cycle and will now supply customers with four years’ worth of software upgrades. This comes as a result of OnePlus’s recent announcement that the company plans to deliver updates for a period of 4 years starting in 2023, however this service will not be available for all devices. This is what Oppo has to offer, in a nutshell.
Beginning in 2023, Oppo will begin releasing major ColorOS updates on a quarterly basis, totaling four updates over the course of five years. In a manner comparable to that of OnePlus, this will be for a select number of flagship phones, and we can anticipate that the next Find X series phone will be included in the new update cycle. Even the newly released Oppo Find N2 series might potentially receive updates for the next 4 years.
This new update cycle is intended for users all over the world. But before you get very excited about it, there’s one thing to keep in mind. Oppo has stated that there will be four years worth of ColorOS updates, but it is unknown to us whether or not this will also include new versions of Android. There is a possibility that new versions of ColorOS will be released on a regular basis, however they will likely be based on older Android versions. As an illustration, Oppo may implement the new update strategy by releasing the ColorOS 14 operating system, which is based on Android 13.
Nevertheless, this new update will give Samsung, which already provides users with four years’ worth of significant Android updates, a run for its money in terms of competition, and it may eventually convince other OEMs to adopt this strategy as a standard. Similar changes to the update cycle should be coming from Realme in the near future. Outside of the Android ecosystem, Apple is the only company that guarantees major updates to its iPhones for a period of 5 years.
In addition to this, Oppo has disclosed that the most recent skin for ColorOS 13, which is version 13, has experienced a faster rollout in comparison to earlier versions. Since August 2022, it has been deployed on 33 different smartphones, making it the “fastest and biggest upgrade in the history of ColorOS.” The Aquamorphic design, new Always-on-Display (AOD) updates, new privacy features (including the screenshot pixelation feature), and other enhancements have been included with the ColorOS 13 upgrade.
In the world of Android, Samsung is in the driver’s seat when it comes to the software update cycle. For its 2022 Galaxy S, Galaxy Z, and Galaxy A series devices, as well as a selected few Galaxy M series devices, Samsung has committed to providing up to four years of Android operating system updates and five years of security patches.
On its Pixel 7 series devices, Google gives users up to five years of security upgrades and three updates to the Android operating system. Apple, on the other hand, is the only company in the industry that guarantees OS updates for up to five years. iOS updates support iPhones that are at least 5 years old, despite the fact that Apple does not promise or brag about this fact officially.