Nov 11th, 2020

OnePlus’ stellar reputation for going above and beyond with software updates for its Android phones is now shattered with the launch of the new OnePlus Nord N10 and Nord N100 smartphones. Rather than delivering two major software updates and three years of security updated to the new Nord phones, OnePlus is limiting them to only one major Android update.

Despite hitting the market months after the availability of Android 11, both phones will feature Android 10 with OxygenOS 10.5 out of the box, which means their one and only update will be from Android 10 to Android 11. To put things into context, the Oneplus 8T came with Android 11 preinstalled when it hit the market in October of this year. The new N10 and N100 phones will also be limited to only two years of Android security updates.

The Nord N10 5G and N100 will receive one major Android update and a total of two years of security updates. The plan for these two devices aligns with industry standards for smartphones in more affordable price ranges. As always, we will continue listening to feedback from our users and looking for ways to improve the software experience for all OnePlus devices.

While we have seen manufacturers limit software support for budget-friendly devices, no one was expecting OnePlus to do the same. The company has always placed a high priority on the software experience of its devices, solidifying itself as the top third-party Android manufacturer to deliver fast and reliable updates for its devices. Quite a few OnePlus fans have been disappointed by the fact that the company has been moving down-market, fearing the brand quality would be diluted with compromises like this.

The good news is the original OnePlus Nord will be getting the same regular software treatment as the other flagship devices in OnePlus’ lineup. For what it’s worth, the Nord is a significantly better smartphone when compared to the Nord N10, despite being only 50 Euro more expensive.

Source: Android Central