OnePlus just announced that some of the current devices and the upcoming OnePlus 9 will move from the internal HydrogenOS to Oppos ColorOS, at least in China. It has made us think, how much of the value of a OnePlus smartphone depends on the software? Do you want to switch to something else if OnePlus has ever adopted ColorOS worldwide?
ColorOS is a skin on top of Android used on Oppo smartphones, such as the recently found Find X3 Pro. While designed for China, the skin is used on the company’s global smartphones with some tweaks that honestly make it a pretty good experience at all.
I spent some time with the Find X3 Pro earlier this month, and apart from a few quirks with alerts and the out-of-box experience, I was quite happy to use it. To quote myself:
Oppos ColorOS has arrived one long way, but it is still a heavy and slightly lumpy skin. It reminds me of Samsung, before the OneUI era, but after the worst of TouchWiz. ColorOS in its current form is not offensively bad, but it is not good either. The features are there. Oppo̵7;s design is honestly not bad. It’s just too messy.
Switching to OnePlus, though, the experience is very different. OxygenOS has long been hailed by fans for staying close to Android’s stock design, but with some welcome extra customization features, but in recent years that has changed. In 2020, OnePlus took advantage of Android 11 to change OxygenOS in some major ways, making it look like Samsung’s OneUI. A lot of hatred was met by a lot of fans.
OnePlus has already said that the company currently has no plans to leave OxygenOS. This skin will continue to be used on OnePlus smartphones sold globally, and only phones sold in China will switch to Oppos much heavier skin. The company explains:
For all our users outside of China, we will continue to use OxygenOS for global devices in the future and continue to be committed to providing a fast and smooth experience with OxygenOS.
But, if OnePlus has ever changed its mind, would that change you? Would you switch from OnePlus if they moved to a heavier skin like ColorOS, provided it does not change the current hardware and pricing strategies of OnePlus devices? Vote in the poll below, and if you feel like it, you can drop a comment to explain your choice!
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