Ever since OnePlus started rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat to the 2016 OnePlus 3 and 3T, those still hanging onto their beloved OnePlus 2 handsets have been asking the company when the OS will be released to the 2015 flagship killer, but the Chinese OEM has remained completely silent on the issue.
Up to now, OnePlus 2 users are still in a dilemma, not knowing when or if they’ll ever get to enjoy the goodies that come with Android 7.0 Nougat on their phones. However, a series of happenings in the recent past could be an indicator that the tech company is cooking something.
There’s no better explanation as to why OnePlus 2 won’t be updated to Android Nougat other than a lack of interest from the company to do so. The phone, being a 2015 flagship, ships with top-end hardware specs that match the likes of Google Nexus 6P and Sony Xperia Z5, among other phones – phones that have already been updated to the new OS.
Nonetheless, the fact that OnePlus 2 has not stopped from showing up in benchmarks adds more weight to the idea that the OS is testing on the phone, with optimists – like we at Nashville Chatter – hopeful that the OTA update will come out sooner or later. If it indeed comes out, OnePlus 2 users could be treated to some impressive performance upgrades compared to what the same device offers on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.
Looking at the most recent benchmarks from Geekbench, it’s clear that the updated OnePlus 2 is a better performer than the model running the old Android Marshmallow. With every other spec unchanged, the device managed a single-core score of 1162 on Marshmallow and a slightly better 1221 when using Android 7.1.2 Nougat. In terms of multi-core testing, the same phone managed a score of 3836 on the newest version of Nougat, a figure that is way ahead of the 2265 score it managed on Marshmallow.
Of course, benchmarks are not what you’ll always get when it comes to real world performance. However, these scores are just an indicator of how good the updated OnePlus 2 could become compared to the current Marshmallow version. In fact, with more optimizations, we could end up with a much more enhanced performance on the same phone once the stable version comes out.
We don’t know when OnePlus 2 will receive the Nougat treat, but we are hopeful that it will join the OnePlus 3 and 3T in receiving the most up to date version of the OS, just like the benchmarks suggest.