Update [September 28, 2016]: The OnePlus team as at Reddit AMA yesterday, and they revealed that the OnePlus 2 Android 7.0 Nougat update is being worked upon. Aaron, head of ROM team at OnePlus, said there was indeed a meeting he had in that regard only earlier in the day. But they remained shy of mentioning a release date, which is fine — they even didn’t quote a date for OnePlus 3 Nougat release.
Apart from that, the OnePlus team also clarified that the OnePlus Gallery and Music apps will be making ti OnePlus 2 too, with the community build 3.5 for the OP2. We expect the beta 3.5 update to arrive for OnePlus 2 shortly now.
Update [September 8, 2016]: A new update is headed towards OnePlus 2 users all over the world identified as software version OxygenOS 3.1.0. Although not Nougat, it’s based on Android 6.0.1 of course, it’s a build no. that we have seen hitting OnePlus 3 too, although both are different in changelog and fix issues that the respective devices need fixing of.
For the OnePlus 2, the OxygenOS 3.1.0 update improves the Doze mode (thus better battery life), patches Quadrooter patch (along with bring August level security patches), adds media sound toggle and fixes issues with slider/silent mode and notification system. Some other general bugs are also part of the whole bug fixer package 3.1.0 is.
Here’s the full changelog.
- Fixed some notification issues
- Improved Doze Mode performance
- Added media sound toggle for alert slider
- Addressed alert slider/silent mode issue
- Implemented August 1 security patches for Android
- Implemented Quadrooter patch
- General bug fixes
The OnePlus 2 remains on Marshmallow, as said above, but if you were hoping for Android 7.0 update already, well, wait for some time. Not among the quickest of OEMs to launch big Android OS version update as soon as possible, the OnePlus team would take its time before coming up with Nougat update.
Download OnePlus 2 OxygenOS 3.1.0 update OTA
- 3.0.2 to 3.1.0 — Needless to say, you need to be on OxygenOS 3.0.2 for this. To install, download the update, transfer it to phone, reboot into recovery mode to access Oxygen recovery, and then use the ‘Install’ menu to install it.
- Full ROM (Any version to OxygenOS 3.1.0)
- Download the ROM and install as given on the page linked above.
We’re yet to get our hands on the OTA and Full ROM, so kindly wait until we get you link to them. We’re as impatient as you are, believe me!
Also read: ZTE Axon 7 Nougat update release
When Android 7.0 Nougat could release for OnePlus 2
This would take time. If you want an expected release date, then look for January 2017 at the very least, and most probably it would be February.
The OnePlus software division would be busy delivering the 7.0 update on OnePlus 3 first, and then some months later on OnePlus 2. We expect the OnePlus 3 Nougat update release to be around December 2016.
Why the delay with Nougat update?
Well, OnePlus is not your biggest of OEMs, first of all. When even the likes of Samsung, LG, Sony, etc. take the time they take — which is huge, we don’t expect the Note 7 Nougat update to hit around before November 2016 — you can’t really blame OnePlus team if they are able to match these big Android OEMs, even when taking more time than the likes of quickest of OEMs in Motorola.
Second, even though their OS, the OxygenOS, doesn’t require a lot of custom skin optimization because there is none such skin in use therein — it uses Android’s stock UI for the most part — but it would take extra time for them to optimize their own set of features to Nougat, which they have those in lots.
Once the Android Nougat is out for OnePlus 3, the users of OnePlus 2 can hole for their own release in next two months. So, yes, a lot depends on when the first OnePlus Nougat update is out, which will be for OnePlus 3.