One of the new wars in high-end telephony involves years of updates. For years, this has been the main weakness in Android. Most manufacturers did not offer more than two or three years of updates, making the life cycle of their products especially short.
It is something that manufacturers like Samsung began to reverse with the five years of updates, later surpassed by Google and its seven years. In the Galaxy S24 generation, Samsung promises seven years of updates, thus surpassing manufacturers that have simpler and “cleaner” ROMs.
In an interview for Tom’s Guide, the president of OnePlus has made it quite clear the reason why their phones do not update for seven years: “imagine your phone is a sandwich.”
Updating seven years sounds good, but maybe it’s not so pretty
For years, OnePlus has been considered as the main benchmark in performance on Android. Their phones are especially fluid thanks to the clean system and cutting-edge hardware, although they have always lagged behind Google in support.
The new OnePlus arrives with four years of updates, both in terms of the operating system and in terms of security patches. It would be logical to ask why the company does not commit to seven years of updates, a question that Tom’s Guide asked Kinder Liu, president of OnePlus. The response has been most interesting.
Liu argues that “not only are software update policies important, so is the smoothness of the phone user experience.” The metaphor he uses to end the explanation is most curious.
“Imagine your phone is a sandwich. Some manufacturers are now saying that the filling in your sandwich, the software in your phone, will still be good to eat seven years from now. But what they’re not telling you is that the bread in the sandwich, the user experience, could be moldy after four years. Suddenly a seven-year software update policy doesn’t matter, because the rest of your phone experience is terrible.”
The point being made is the great doubt that plagues phones when so many years of updates are offered: Will the hardware be able to support so many system versions? In the case of the high-end, with latest generation processors and high base RAM, it is logical to be optimistic. However, Android is not a system that stands out especially for being lightweight or managing resources in the best way. Despite this, the competition to offer the maximum number of updates is still alive.
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