The OnePlus 6 is the company’s first phone to support seamless updates (as spotted by Android Police). While the feature may not grab as much attention as the handset’s shiny glass build or the divisive display notch, it’s something you won’t find on flagship devices from Android heavyweights like Samsung or LG.
Seamless updates were introduced with Android Nougat and can now be found on phones from the likes of Sony, Google, and Motorola. They allow Android updates to not only be downloaded, but also installed, in the background.
This means supported phones never have to go through the — sometimes lengthy — process of installing updates where they become temporarily unusable. Instead, once the installation is complete, users just have to reboot their device.
OnePlus phones typically offer an experience close to stock Android — and the inclusion of seamless updates is just another part of that. By keeping the bells and whistles to a minimum, and including fundamentals like seamless updates and the stock-like Oxygen OS, OnePlus is able to provide a system that we called the “closest thing to Nexus outside of Pixel” in our OnePlus 6 review.