The makers of the OnePlus One smartphone have released a software update that brings Android 5.0 Lollipop to the phone which has earned a reputation as an affordable, high-quality phone that’s kind of hard to actually buy.

The new software is also the first official release of OxygenOS, which is the name of the custom version of Android developed by OnePlus and its new team of developers, drawn from the makers of the Paranoid Android custom ROM.


OxygenOS is based on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop and for the most part it looks like the stock version of Android you’d see on a Google Nexus device. But it does have a few special features and OnePlus promises more are on the way.

For instance, there’s support for gestures including double-tapping the screen to wake the device when the display is off, drawing an O on the screen to launch the camera, or drawing a V to toggle the flashlight. You can also skip tracks during media playback by drawing a < or > symbol with two fingers.

The Quick Settings panel is also customizable, allowing you to move tiles by dragging-and dropping.

The OnePlus One smartphone features a 5.5 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, and 16GB or 64GB of storage. It sells for $299 and up, but buying one requires an invitation unless you order on a Tuesday… and either way you may have to wait a while for your phone to be delivered.

When the OnePlus One first launched in 2014, one of the key features of the smartphone was that it was one of the first phones to run custom software developed by Cyanogen Inc.

While you can still run Cyanogen OS on the phone and an Android 5.0 version is expected soon, the relationship between the two companies has soured a bit and while Cyanogen has announced partnerships with new companies including BLUAlcatel OneTouch, and Qualcomm, OnePlus is clearly not putting all of its software eggs in one basket anymore.

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9 replies on “OxygenOS brings Android 5.0 to the OnePlus One smartphone”

  1. great yet another product you Cant buy….im still on the list for the opo 1 after a year !!!!!but no matter im enjoying my LG 3

  2. Is Oxygen OS open source? I mean … will it take the path of MIUI? Xiaomi bolstered its brand image by making MIUI available for who ever wants to have it. Similarly, OnePlus could gain additional mileage by making Oxygen OS open source and freely available.

    1. Not anymore. They now allow open ordering on a Tuesday. I ordered mine on a Tuesday, received it on Saturday. Shipped from California, thought it would have been from China. After 4 weeks, I recommend it to everyone, best cellphone I’ve ever had. Not sure if I want to upgrade the OS to Cyanogen 12 or Oxygen, 11 that it ships with works so well.

  3. Wonder if I should flash this or wait for cm 12s.
    I have invites if anyone needs them

    1. Same boat here, I’ve been running the CM12 nightlies for a while now and they seem pretty stable.

    2. I would wait for cm12s. Should be coming out sooner or later. Also, can I have an invite code?

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