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Cyanogen and OnePlus love story comes to an end

The relationship between Cyanogen and OnePlus has been rocky for the past couple of months, to say the least. Shots were fired, specially from the Cyanogen Inc camp and now its all over.


Yes, Cyanogen and OnePlus broke up after an exciting year of togetherness. Are you shocked by the development? Well, we are not. It all started when Cyanogen Inc got in bed with Micromax in India, which led to the formation of YU. Cyanogen literally ditched OnePlus at the last moment before the launch of ‘One’ in India.

Even, the exclusive deal between Cyanogen and Micromax led to OnePlus One sales being stopped in India. However, this came to an end when the court rejected YU’s plea and OnePlus One were available again. There were several emails being leaked, exchanged between the founders of both the companies which made things ugly. This was the first crack in their relationship.

OnePlus knew they could not depend on Cyanogen in the long run and hence announced their in-house custom ROM named ‘OxygenOS’. The OxygenOS 1.0 was recently released after a lot of delay. It is still in early development stage and very close to stock Android. Also, nowhere near the Cyanogen OS, which offers the most customisation options among all other custom ROMs. However, with a new team consisting of professional custom ROM experts, OxygenOS is on the right track. Lets jump straight to the recent developments which made the breakup official.

“Without Cyanogen, OnePlus would have sold like one device in international markets,” said Kirk McMaster, CEO of Cyanogen Inc. He added, “Essentially they built their brand on the back of Cyanogen.” Steve Kondik, Co-founder said, “Two new companies are trying to do crazy stuff, a lot of people collide.”

Cyanogen certainly did help OnePlus and the company owes its success to the software maker, but to think of OnePlus selling one device without them, is being delusional. OnePlus would never have had such humongous success within a year but tagging them a ‘nobody’ is down right stupidity.

Cyanogen is now looking for bigger deals with companies “that can scale much quicker”. This might also be due to having ‘Microsoft’ on board. Whereas, OnePlus is working on the ‘OnePlus 2’ which is scheduled for the third quarter launch. This breakup would certainly mean ‘OnePlus 2’ running on OxygenOS 2.0 out of the box.

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