OnePlus to merge Oxygen and Hydrogen OS, starts rolling out update for OnePlus 2

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The OnePlus 2 has begun receiving the update to OxygenOS 3.1.0 amidst news that the brand is planning big changes for its custom ROM. The company is looking to merge the software with its other specialized HydrogenOS together.

First things first, OxygenOS 3.1.0 introduces a number of changes to the OnePlus 2. The manufacturer has bundled in the Quadrooter patch to shield users against the notorious vulnerability which hit headlines last month for potentially affecting over 900 million Android devices running Qualcomm processors.

The update also fixes some notifications problems, improves the performance of Doze Mode, addresses the alert slider/silent mode issue, and adds a media sound toggle for the alert slider. Furthermore, it contains general bug fixes and the August security patch for Android.

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OxygenOS users may soon begin seeing major modifications in the software’s look thanks to its fusion with HydrogenOS. The latter is OnePlus’ custom ROM specifically for the Chinese market, featuring a heavily skinned UI in line with local tastes. On the other hand, OxygenOS is meant for a global audience with a closer-to-stock-Android feel.

However, maintaining two separate ROMs at the same time is a monumental task for any firm, let alone a small one like OnePlus. In an interview with XDA-Developers, the manufacturer has confirmed that it’s going to combine the two teams and their products to work on a single OS.

The new status quo should ideally give rise to faster updates and better results in the form of one OS which combines the best of both. The company’s new OxygenOS 3.5.1 community build for the OnePlus 3 is the first product to come out of the merger, though it’s apparently still a work in progress and will see more changes in the future.