OnePlus may not be enjoying the greatest of success when it comes to software updates in recent months. But before the move to Android 12, the company was considered one of the best in the Android space. With devices like the OnePlus 6 and 6T (from 2018) still receiving semi-regular updates, it provided some stability for those who don’t want to upgrade on a more frequent basis.
Unfortunately, all things must come to an end, as OnePlus has announced that official software support for both the 6 and 6T is finished. In a post on the community forums, the company thanked users of these devices for participating in the 60 different Closed Beta releases, along with more than 30 Open Beta releases. But it was truthfully only a matter of time before official support went away.
After 3 major updates and more than 3 years of updates, around 60 Closed Beta builds and over 30 Open Beta builds it’s now time to close a chapter and announce the end of OnePlus 6 and 6T official software support.
It was thanks to your constant support that we were able to constantly improve the software experience on these devices and we can’t thank you enough for your constant feedback. We would like to share a special word of appreciation to all the beta testers, that, since 2018, have been testing features before they would get released to the stable version. You played a huge role in optimizing OxygenOS to ensure an overall better experience.
Once again, we’d like to extend our sincere gratitude to all of you for the tremendous support along the way. None of this would be possible without you. We’ll continue to listen to your voice to build even better products in the future.
If you own either the OnePlus 6 or 6T and still use these phones on a regular basis, you’re not completely out of luck. The only difference here is that you might want to begin getting acclimated to the world of rooting and ROM’ing in order to keep your phone chugging along. You won’t be receiving any official security patches and you won’t get to try out Android 12. But there are plenty of different ROMs to choose from that will help extend the life of your phone, while allowing you to have a little bit of fun in the process.