New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…….

Original story (published on January 8, 2021) follows:

Android as a platform has matured a great deal over the past decade or so. One of the areas where we’ve seen tremendous improvement is when it comes to updates.

Many top Android OEMs try to roll out regular security patch updates to their devices while those that aren’t able to do so monthly resort to pushing out these essential patches every few months.

OnePlus 8

For a long time, OnePlus was like the gold standard when it comes to rolling out timely security patches along with bug fixes to its devices but in recent times, the Chinese company has seemingly begun to falter.

At the time of writing, Samsung seems to have snatched the crown from OnePlus as the company with the best track record when it comes to rolling out regular and timely security patches.

This unfortunate slow down is evident prominently on the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro series of devices. These remain one of the newest flagships from OnePlus and among the few devices currently running Android 11-based OxygenOS 11.

oneplus 8 pro in post
OnePlus 8 Pro

Recently, OnePlus rolled out a new OxygenOS 11 update to these devices as OxygenOS and OxygenOS for OnePlus 8 users in India and EU, and OxygenOS and OxygenOS​ for OnePlus 8 Pro in India and EU respectively.

The update brought with it a bunch of new fixes to these devices as highlighted in the common changelog below.

-Newly added keyboard height adjustment where you can raise or hide the bottom shortcut bar for a better input experience (Go to Settings–System-Language & input-Keyboard height adjustment)
-Fixed the issue of a small probability that the alarm clock starts abnormally
-Fixed the failure to enable auto-rotate feature

– Fixed a small probability issue that photos don’t display in the Gallery
– Fixed the small probability issue that no pop-up window shows up when connecting Bluetooth headset
– Fixed the issue that the WiFi connection failed in a specific situation
OnePlus Store (IN only)
– An intuitive and convenient way to manage your OnePlus account, get easy-to-access support, discover exciting members-only benefits, and shop for OnePlus products. (Please note that it can be uninstalled)

oxygenos op8

While it is commendable that OnePlus would release an update to fix these issues, it is unfortunate that this OnePlus 8 update is still based on November 2020 security patch.

This comes at a time when we’re set to see more and more devices from various vendors bagging the more current January 2021 security update. And users are not happy about this.

But where is the security patch update????great work oneplus….
I think we should downgrade our expectation.

A quick scroll through the community forum (1,2,3,4) and you start to see a sense of disappointment among users of OnePlus 8 devices for the lack of a more current security update in this build, leaving them stuck with the November update.

It remains unclear what could be causing this ‘fall from grace’ for a company that was once at the top of the game when it comes to security updates.

While some users are drawing parallels between this shift and the company’s drastic redesign of OxygenOS 11 and the resulting issues, this hasn’t been adequately proved.

We shall be in hand to update as and when OnePlus rolls out a newer security update to the OnePlus 8 devices so stay tuned for that.

Update 1 (February 1)

IST: 02:59 pm: Weeks after this update rolled out to users in the EU and in India, users of the global variants are yet to receive it. According to a OnePlus bug hunter, the company might skip this and release OxygenOS instead. More on that here.

NOTE: We have these and many more OnePlus stories in our dedicated OnePlus section.

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