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OnePlus confirms it will not be updating OnePlus 2 to Nougat

OnePlus has finally confirmed its upgrade plans for the OnePlus 2, and it’s not good news. Despite pledging to support the handset with software updates for at least two years, the company will not be rolling out an Android 7.0 Nougat upgrade.

Launched in August 2015, the OnePlus 2 is still two months away from celebrating its second birthday. It’s well within the two-year timescale most manufacturers stick to when it comes to Android updates. What’s more, OnePlus promised last June — soon after Google made Nougat official — that the handset would be getting the upgrade.

But a year on, the Chinese company has backtracked on that plan. OnePlus confirmed to Android Authority that OnePlus 2 owners won’t be tasting the delights of Nougat, after all. It didn’t offer much of an explanation for that decision, other than, “when we built the OnePlus 2 we didn’t have the software infrastructure team in place we do now.”

This suggests that the merging of HydrogenOS and OxygenOS has made things complicated, but OnePlus told us at the time that this convergence would make updates quicker and easier. It’s incredibly disappointing news for OnePlus 2 owners who had no plans of upgrading to a more recent smartphone, but OnePlus doesn’t see this as a major issue.

“Customer service has been telling customers this [that the OnePlus 2 won’t be updated to Nougat] for a little while,” it said. “We’re happy about what we’re doing with software. We already confirmed Android O will come for the OnePlus 3 and 3T. So [no Nougat for the OnePlus 2] isn’t new and we think people were aware of it.”

If you’re still clinging onto a OnePlus 2, how do you feel about being forever stuck on Marshmallow?

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...