OnePlus phones have grown to become tech review phones of choice. Firstly that was because of the flagship specs for half the price, and latterly because they offer even better specs for still less than competitors.
But quietly one of the best reasons to own a OnePlus phone today is because of the Android updates. Aside from Google’s Pixel phones, the OnePlus 7 series were the first phones to receive over the air updates for Android 10.
Now, the older OnePlus 6 and 6T can download Android 10 if you’re signed up to the company’s beta programme (via 9to5Google). OnePlus posted details and the change log on its popular user forums and also said the official update for all 6 and 6T models will roll out in November.
OnePlus has stuck to releasing phones twice a year and this year has complicated things by running a regular and Pro line that are available according to region. The OnePlus 6 came out in May 2018 with the 6T in November 2018 so the phones are hardly old, but with the OnePlus 7, 7 Pro, 7 Pro 5G, 7T and 7T Pro all coming out after that, it can sometimes feel like it.
We’d hope OnePlus would support the 6 series for at least two OS updates, which Android 10 will achieve for the 6 that launched with Oreo (the 6T launched with Pie). The speed at which OnePlus manages to get updates out to older phones shames the likes of Samsung, Huawei and LG who only ever seem to pay attention to the latest gen and even then you’re never guaranteed anything.
For Android users who want anything close to two years of OS updates, Pixel and OnePlus are now the default choices.