OnePlus founder and CEO Pete Lau have announced that the company is merging with OPPO. Although this is a major announcement, it isn’t surprising given that both the companies, owned by BBK Electronics, had merged their R&D team last year and Pete Lau took additional responsibility at OPPO to manage product strategy.
Recently, the OnePlus 9 series smartphones launched in China are running OPPO’s ColorOS operating system based on Android, instead of running its own HydrogenOS, which is a Chinese version of OxygenOS.
So, what’s the future of OxygenOS given that OnePlus has now officially merged with OPPO? Well, it seems that the operating system from OnePlus is here to stay. The company has confirmed to MySmartPrice that smartphones from the brand will continue to run OxygenOS custom user interface based on Android.
However, there’s a possibility that going forward, the OxygenOS may have a similar design and functionality as ColorOS. But this is just speculation at this time and we will have to wait a few months or years to know for sure.
Going forward, OnePlus will work as a sub-brand of OPPO but the brand will remain the same and continue to operate independently, says Pete Lau. He said that the move would open up more resources to the company which could be deployed to create better products. He also stated that the integration would make OnePlus become more efficient in aspects such as faster and more stable software updates for OnePlus users.