The OnePlus 9 is set to be officially unveiled, along with the OnePlus 9 Pro and the rumored OnePlus Watch. And while the last few weeks have seen OnePlus ramping up the hype train, the company is making news today in a different fashion.
Rumors had started to swirl in regards to the company making a change to its software for upcoming device releases. As we know, OnePlus handsets are currently powered by OxygenOS, which is a fan-favorite and amongst the most popular software overlays of Android on the market. But it seems that OnePlus will be pivoting to ColorOS for phones launched in China, starting with the OnePlus 9.
The confirmation of these rumors came via the OxygenOS Product Lead in a post on the OnePlus Forums.
Today I would like to update you on a new development for our Chinese users and that you may have heard discussion about in the last few days: after listening to their feedback and voices, our China market devices will now be using a customized version of ColorOS, tailored specifically for OnePlus smartphones, starting with the upcoming OnePlus 9 series.
For the unaware, ColorOS is the flavor of Android that powers Oppo’s line of products, including the recently-launched Oppo Find X3 Pro. OPPO and OnePlus both operate under the BBK entity, and have been working closer together in recent months.
OnePlus maintains that this change is only coming to future OnePlus devices that are going to be released in China. In fact, the OnePlus 9 is said to feature the modified version of ColorOS, which we will learn more about tomorrow. The company has even gone so far as to release a flashable build of the new ColorOS for those using the OnePlus 8.