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OnePlus and Oppo became a little less distinguishable this week. OnePlus co-founder Pete Lau announced that the company will “further integrate” into Oppo in the future. However, since the two companies already have a close relationship, the vague disclosure leaves more questions than answers.
OnePlus believes the integration will allow the company more resources. This leads to better efficiency, especially when providing timely software updates. Outside of China, OnePlus and Oppo don’t share the same Android skin, however.
Chinese OnePlus devices are now using Oppos Color OS. Oxygen OS is still the software basis for OnePlus smartphones worldwide. Although OnePlus has confirmed Android authority That this would remain the status quo now, things are changing rapidly in the smartphone world.
But what if OnePlus drops Oxygen OS? Would you buy a OnePlus phone if it came with the Color OS installed?
Some may welcome such a move as Oxygen OS’s developmental life has not been painless. Oxygen OS 11 debuted with controversial changes to its design language. Since then, the company has pulled several key updates from its flagships and mid-rangers. Users also seem to be losing confidence in the company’s ability to push stable updates to its devices.
With Color OS, OnePlus may have a more stable option, albeit an equally divisive one. If its statement is to be taken at face value, Color OS is a skin with more resources behind its development. But acquiring Oppo’s signature skin would force OnePlus to give up part of its identity, and we’re not sure if the company’s loyal fans would accept it.
Whatever you think, vote in our poll above. Also, leave a comment on what skin you think OnePlus phones should wear in the future.