OnePlus was one of the first companies to ship a smartphone running Cyanogen OS, the custom version of Android developed by Cyanogen Inc. But the two companies have had a bit of a contentious relationship lately, thanks to a contract dispute related to sales of devices in India.

So OnePlus has been accelerating plans to develop its own custom version of Android. Meet OxygenOS.


At this point we don’t know much more about the software than its name. OnePlus plans to reveal more information about the ROM for its phones on February 12th.

The company has already released early builds of its Android 5.0-based ROM, but up until now they haven’t had a name… or any special features. At this point the software is basically a slightly modified version of Android Open Source Project code designed to work with the OnePlus One smartphone’s hardware.

OnePlus promises its new software will be “free of bloat and unnecessary features” and customizable. The company will offer the software to users of the OnePlus One smartphone and may use it for future devices as well, but according to TechCrunch there are no plans to release official builds of OxygenOS for phones or tablets from other companies… although there’s nothing stopping users from creating unofficial ports.

So while Cyanogen works to take Android away from Google’s control, it looks like OnePlus is looking to limit Cyanogen’s influence on its phones.


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9 replies on “OnePlus unveils OxygenOS and a post-Cyanogen future”

  1. good!!! the more alternatives to google and crapple, the better!!! this new oxygen os sounds interesting. soon, crapple and google android will be replaced by cyanogen( if they dont make the mistake of selling out to microsoft), oxygen os , tizen and ubuntu!!

  2. The only reason I had any interest in their phone was to have something properly supported by cyanogenmod. But then they wouldn’t sell me a phone anyway without some invitation or whatever so I bought something else.

  3. this company had so much potential too,,then they pissed-off millions of potential buyers with their shenanigan marketing scam.

    1. Agreed. I wouldn’t buy one of their phones after their hierarchical-customer based selling scheme. I went from being interested to insulted. I’m glad Asus is going to put them in the grave with the Zenfone 2.

      1. Yeah… they’ve been announced since forever and it’s still invitation-based. It was smart to do it in the beginning to build the hype, but now it’s just retarded.

  4. now if they would only hire a second monkey on their assembly line to put phones together so they could have at least 3 in stock at any given time.

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