OnePlus ditched its usual HydrogenOS for ColorOS with the launch of the OnePlus 9 series of devices. At the time, the company also promised to move devices from the former OS to the latter, going forward, so as to ensure uniformity of updates.
So that users are not left stranded, the company has already worked on the early access builds of these OSes for the market and provided a stable outline of when the updates will start hitting units. As if to confirm that they are still on track with that, the CEO of the company has come out to reiterate their commitment to making the switch as seamlessly as possible.
That might sound like a long time to come, but it is not easy to switch a unit from one line of OS to the other. It is also believed that other eligible units – like the OnePlus 7 family – will be getting a switch to the new ColorOS directly by 2022. So, instead of going through the same process, they get patched easily and faster since the company would have learned from the OnePlus 8 process.
For now, it is a waiting game to see how things will play out.