OnePlus has committed in their user forums that they will have an Android Marshmallow build for their last two flagship devices in the first quarter of 2016. The news is certainly good for owners of the OnePlus One and OnePlus 2 as to this point it has remained somewhat of a mystery if these devices would ever get beyond Lollipop.
The biggest question for most was if the OnePlus One, the company’s original phone, would be receiving the update. That was cleared up in the post by Carl Pei
For the OnePlus One, Cyanogen OS will be updating to Marshmallow in the first quarter of 2016. We created a community build of OxygenOS for the OnePlus One, but this isn’t what the product officially ships with. We will be updating the community build of OxygenOS for the OnePlus One when time allows.
So in the case of the One, Android Marshmallow is essentially coming from Cyanogen and not OnePlus themselves.
For the OnePlus 2, the story is a bit better and certainly the company is a bit more in control of what they will be doing with their homegrown Oxygen OS.
The OnePlus 2 will also be updated in Q1, and the update will include the new standard Marshmallow API for the fingerprint sensor. We’ve heard requests for us creating an API for the current fingerprint implementation in OxygenOS, but have decided against this since we’re switching over to the standard Android M implementation soon.
At the end of the day all of this is pretty good news for OnePlus owners. You now know that Android Marshmallow is coming to your devices and in reasonably short order (in the next 4 months or so). While it won’t make OnePlus the fastest at rolling out Marshmallow, it does mean they are planning and working on it.