This was made known by the company’s CEO Peter Lau who made the merger known. The announcement might not be entirely surprising because for a pretty long time, Oppo and OnePlus have been known to be related as both company are owned by BBK Electronics even though both Oppo nd OnePlus operates independently.
OnePlus first merged its R&D team last year which earned Pete Lau more responsibilities at Oppo where he’s to manage product strategy.
Then we saw more when it was announced that the earlier released OnePlus 9 series will be running the Oppo’s ColorOS for its Chinese market instead of HydrogenOS (Chinese version of OxygenOS)
Despite the merger, OnePlus says it will continue to run the operating system which is a tweaked-up AndroidOS user interface.
However one thing for sure is that the future designs of OxygenOS might look very identical to ColorOS as both companies will share close relation – that may never happen for a while and the fact that both companies will continue independently might mean OnePlus continues to maintain its brand in the international market even though that might never be the case in its local market.
Pete Lau will continue to be the boss at OnePlus as the company will now be a sub-brand to Oppo. The move is expected to provide more resources to the company whereby they could share technological and human resources.
He also stated that the integration would make OnePlus become more efficient in aspects such as faster and more stable software updates for its users across the globe.