Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus makes a well-regarded, affordable, but tough-to-get-your-hands on smartphone called the OnePlus One. Part of what made this phone special when it launched in 2014 was the operating system: it shipped with Cyanogen OS, a custom (and commercial) version of Android developed by some of the lead developers of the open source CyanogenMod custom ROM.
Over the past few months the relationship between OnePlus and Cyanogen has gotten a bit chilly, so the OnePlus team accelerated plans to build its own operating system called OxgyenOS.
Now they’re giving us a first taste of what to expect.
OxygenOS is said to be a simple, streamlined version of Android that “will not ship with any bloatware.” OnePlus is focusing on optimizing the OS for efficiency and long battery life.
It’ll be based on Android 5.0 Lollipop, and it’ll have a “headline feature” which has yet to be revealed. It could take a little while before OxygenOS is ready for download — the team plans to release a stable build first rather than making a buggy beta version available.
So while OnePlus revealed a new logo for OxygenOS today (see above), there are no images of the operating system itself.
OnePlus has tapped some pretty talented developers to work on the project: several members of the new OxygenOS development team have been contributors to Paranoid Android, which has been one of the most popular and innovative custom ROMs for the past few years.