OnePlus 3 might have seen the best success of a smartphone from OnePlus, but it’s true that OnePlus 2 played a significant role in laying the groundwork for the 2016 flagship killer.
The first smartphone released by OnePlus came back in 2014 and the following year, the Chinese company came in with the OnePlus 2. Being a 2015 handset with flagship specs and features, owners of the phone have been looking forward to an Android 7.0 Nougat update from the company. In fact, the OEM made a statement in 2016 claiming that this phone will eventually receive the Nougat treat.
Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen several benchmarks of the OnePlus 2 with Android Nougat running the show, but as it appears, these units might have been based on custom ROMs. In response to a concerned OnePlus 2 user who wanted to know about the Nougat update status on the phone, a OnePlus support member, Alex, came back with a surprising response.
According to OnePlus, the 2015 flagship killer is a “dated” device. For this reason, there won’t be an update to Android 7.0 Nougat for OnePlus 2 users because dated devices’ software updates have been discontinued. This will come as a surprise for many owners of this phone who were expecting to see the Nougat update on the phone, especially since other 2015 smartphones are currently receiving similar treats, including midrangers such as Google Nexus 5X.
Some OnePlus X users were also hopeful that the phone would be updated to the new Nougat OS alongside the OnePlus 2. Even though Alex did not mention anything regarding this midranger, the statement on the high-end model is enough to rule out the X.
So, if you own a OnePlus 2 handset and would really wish to have Android Nougat installed on your phone, forget the OTA updates. Instead, you might want to start learning a few things about custom ROMs – or simply make the switch to the newer OnePlus 3 or OnePlus 3T, which have been promised updates that include this year’s Android O and are already running Android 7.1.1 Nougat.