Tuesday January 31, 2023

It’s officially time to upgrade your OnePlus 6 or 6T smartphone

Cameron SummersonAfter nearly four years of service and three major OS updates, the OnePlus 6T and 6T have been officially discontinued by OnePlus. They will not be receiving the Android 12 update nor any new security patches. It’s time to shop for a new phone if you have a OnePlus 6T or 6T. They were a significant turning point for OnePlus. After years of scandals including data breaches and spyware in an OxygenOS firmware upgrade, OnePlus finally launched a compelling range of products and improved its public image. We were truly surprised at the reliability and value of the OnePlus 6T, which received a 7/10 in our detailed evaluation.
Here’s a quote taken from OnePlus’ announcement of end-of-service:

After three major updates, more than 3 years worth of updates, over 60 Closed Beta builds, and over 30 Open Beta builds, it’s time to end OnePlus 6T and 6T official software support. We are grateful for your feedback and support.

Unless OnePlus releases a surprise update in future, all OnePlus 6/6T devices will remain on Android 11 and the November 2020 Android security patch. They are without the key Android 12 features such as the Material You redesign and are vulnerable to hacking attempts by people who slowly discover exploits for November 2021 security patches.
While some enthusiasts may create unofficial ROMs to prolong the life of their devices, the average person should start looking for a new phone.
There are many great options available to replace your OnePlus 6, 6T or 6. The OnePlus 8 is only $400, while products such as the Google Pixel 6 cost $600. You can also see our list of top Android phones in 2021, which is still up-to-date despite the new year.

The 6 Best Android Smartphones in 2021

Best Overall
Samsung Galaxy S21+

Best Midrange
Google Pixel 6

Best Budget
OnePlus Nord N10 5G

Best Premium
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

Best Small
Google Pixel 4a

Best Foldable
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3

Source: OnePlus via Android Police

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