In the world of Android, when it comes to major Android updates, handset makers typically keep their devices updated for two generations, sometimes three. There are many reasons why a company might choose to not update older devices, such as maybe hardware incompatibility, or maybe not enough resources to dedicate to these older products.
That is one of the main advantages of a company such as OnePlus, where their relatively smaller portfolio and range means that they have the flexibility of keeping older handsets updated, such as the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T where the company has recently confirmed that Android 9.0 is still in the works for these devices.
OnePlus had promised its customers back in 2018 that instead of updating these devices to Android Oreo, they would be skipping one version of Android to focus on bringing Android 9.0 Pie instead. For a set of phones that was released back in 2016 (making them roughly 3 years old), it’s actually pretty reassuring to see that the company has not forgotten about them.
According to the post in the OnePlus forums by staff member David Y., he notes that the next update for the phone will come in the form of a security update, and then following that it will be the Android 9.0 Pie update. No specific dates were mentioned, but as we said, if you’re still holding onto these phones until today, the Android Pie update could be worth looking forward to as it should breathe some new life into the phones.