OnePlus has announced the release of its own OxygenOS, based on Android Lollipop OS and is available for download. The move comes after the company had issues with Cyanogen’s commitment to Micromax YU platform in India.
Cyanogen, the developer of CyanogenMod had committed itself to Micromax, a phone maker in India and led to the termination of their partnership. OnePlus One will continue using CynogenMod ROM until OxygenOS runs smoothly. OnePlus has admitted, there are issues in the initial release and has asked users to install the feedback app to send bug reports.
“Developing OxygenOS has been an incredibly fun and challenging experience for all of us,” said OnePlus in their blog.
The company feels it must return to the “basics” instead of fighting over custom ROMs. OnePlus claims that it gives importance to battery life and performance, instead of gimmicks and bloatware. OxygenOS cannot be updated OTA as it is based on Android Lollipop OS. The new OS includes several additions like gesture shortcuts even when the screen is off. Other features include quick settings menu, advanced options and new file explorer.
A unique feature in OxygenOS is the ability to shift from hardware to software navigation keys. The quick-settings feature is similar to the one in Android phones, where tiles are arranged in a circular manner in the notification tray and can be customized.
The Shenzen-based company has promised to add more features suited for the future along with the integration of services. In the future, OnePlus phones will carry OxygenOS while the current users can download the new OS from the website. The company has announced whether the existing users will be replaced with the new OS. The company is likely to benefit from the OS as users can relieve themselves from the bloatware in the CyanogenMod OS.
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