Buying an Android phone does not always give the buyer confidence about how long their device will be supported for future updates or security patches.

This week, OnePlus committed to four major Android updates and five years of security patches for selected models of phones to be launched next year. This is considerably longer than some manufacturers promise and will be welcomed by OnePlus’ huge numbers of fans. Read more about this in Ewan Spence’s post here.

But the next version of OxygenOS, which is the OnePlus overlay for Android, which will be launched globally in the first half of 2023 also has a bunch of other innovations. OxygenOS 13.1 promises significant enhancements for users with increased security and a greater emphasis on accessibility features.

Gary Chen, Head of Software Products at OnePlus, said, “Creating the best possible product experience for our users has always driven everything we do. Our software team will continue to carry on a burdenless product philosophy with a fast and smooth, and reliable experience that our users have always been familiar with. The future of OxygenOS is one that is safer, more stable, smarter, more globally capable, and with better support for our expanding ecosystem of products.”

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New features include a dynamic Homeland always-on display (AOD) that responds to temperature changes. No, me neither. Happily, OnePlus explained: “It reveals the environmental changes in the habitats that animals rely on based on daily temperature changes. The AOD also lets you view the time, date, notifications, missed calls, and more when the screen is turned off.” That’s intriguing, though I’ll wait to hear more to get a better idea. It’s not the only AOD on offer. There’s also a music always-on display, which OnePlus says is a first. This comes from a collaboration with Spotify and promises a partnership between the two brands which is set to grow.

More features have been previewed, such as an aquamorphic design with more vibrant colors and differently defined buttons. It will also have spatial audio, designed in conjunction with Google and Dolby. It claims to have “the best possible experience with Dolby Atmos”.

Although the key addition here is the promise of extended Android updates and security patches, which will give considerable peace of mind to OnePlus users, these other, quirkier details are pretty cool.

The company has yet to say which of its 2023 devices will benefit from this, but it’s likely to be the premium choices.

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