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OnePlus will merge OxygenOS and HydrogenOS for faster updates

by Killian Bell | September 5, 2016September 5, 2016 5:00 am PST

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OnePlus has confirmed plans to merge OxygenOS and HydrogenOS to provide users with more timely software updates. The Chinese company currently offers two different versions of its Android software for different markets, but they will soon become one.

“In speaking with OnePlus about these Community builds, the company broke the news to us that they are actively merging both platforms into a single cohesive operating system,” reports XDA Developers.

To make this a successful merger, both the OxygenOS and HydrogenOS teams within OnePlus are now working together as one, the report adds. OxygenOS 3.5 will become the “backbone” of the new combined platform.

You may not have heard of HydrogenOS even if you’re a long-time OnePlus user, and that’s because the platform was developed exclusively for China, while most other markets received OxygenOS on their OnePlus handsets.

In some ways, this makes a lot of sense given the changes that must be made specifically for Chinese users. However, maintaining two platforms with two teams working on different things makes software updates much more difficult.

“Instead of maintaining two different OS’s with security and OS updates, a singular one will allow OnePlus to push updates out sooner, a problem they acknowledge they have been contending with,” XDA adds.

It’s not yet clear when this combined OxygenOS update will drop, but when it does, future releases should arrive a lot faster. We’ll be sure to let you know when we hear more.

XDA Developers

Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...