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 logo

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.

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9 replies on “OnePlus introduces OxygenOS (custom Android ROM for OnePlus smartphones)”

  1. yeah!! i hope they allow people to install these on other phones or tablets.

    google doesnt control android anymore! we have at least two other android systems now, cyanogen mod and this one oxygen os, and as long as this one can run all 3rd party app stores, it will survive. all the apps on my android tablets are from 3rd party app stores.

  2. do i need an invite to email them,,or to look at their website,,JW

  3. I’m waiting for the fragmentation fragmentation personally.
    Level 1 fragmentation is so last year.

  4. Sorry but I will stick with my Nexus 4&5 with up to date software direct from Google, I am more than happy if Google keeps releasing decent hardware at low prices with updated software without relying on shonks like those guys….

  5. If it doesn’t get certified so it can offer the Play Store, it may as well be dead in the water as far as the rest of the world is concerned. If so, it amazes me how many people think they can do better by flouting so-called “industry standards”. Waste of their investors’ and customers’ money. The good news is that the products will be rapidly discounted so they become dirt cheap, like HP’s fire sale or its Palm OS tablet, and Amazon’s eventual fire sale of its, well, Kindle Fire line.

    1. It already has a working rom with CM why would it go the way of Palm OS or Amazon?

    2. WTH are you talking about! The OnePlus one is selling good and they are not going to do a fire sale. This is android not windows or palm, many different tastes. I love cyanogenmod but might switch to this.

      1. It has to offer the Google Play Store. No Play Store, no sale
        in large numbers.

        When netbooks first came out, they had Linux. In short order,
        the rest of the wrorld loaded the Linux netbooks with Windows.
        Why is that?

        1. Cm 11s is google play certified, I am sure oneplus can get this certified. If not, you could just flash gabpps like cm 11

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