OnePlus were making their own Android ROM for the One and it is no secret. Today, the company has revealed that the custom ROM will be known as ‘OxygenOS’. The Alpha build of the ROM is already available on their forum.
OnePlus One is shipped with Cyanogenmod OS made by Cyanogen Inc. One fine day, Cyanogen decided to partner with Micromax to launch a sister brand ‘YU’. The deal gave ‘YU’ exclusive access to CyanogenOS in India and they launched the ‘YU Yureka’ in India priced at Rs 8,999. All this happened when OnePlus was about to launch the ‘One’ in India and felt ditched by Cyanogen.
Nonetheless, OnePlus One was successfully launched exclusively on Amazon India priced at Rs 21,999 which is sold via ‘Invite System’. Then, Micromax lead ‘YU’ tried to sabotage the ‘OnePlus One’ in India due to their exclusive partnership with Cyanogen. Soon after, OnePlus was banned from selling the One on Amazon India. Then, the ban was lifted soon enough as both OnePlus One and YU Yureka catered to the different price segment.
Although the ban was lifted, OnePlus didn’t take this lightly. The company decided to make their own custom ROM which will be ‘very stock’ based on Android 5.0 Lollipop. OnePlus also appreciates Google’s work on Lollipop and has promised to stick with the Material Design language with no bloatware and unnecessary customisation. The company is committed to provide at least 2 years of support for the OnePlus One users in India.
OnePlus revealed the name of their own Android ROM. It is named as OxygenOS. They were running a contest on Facebook and ‘@midifire‘ from Belgium came up with the name ‘OxygenOS’.
OnePlus has chosen the name ‘OxygenOS’ for their own ROM because they believe,
“As an element, Oxygen is the epitome of simplicity, yet it’s also extraordinarily powerful. Oxygen is all around us. It is part of us and everything we do. It creates the water that carves out valleys and moves mountains. By itself, it’s simple and pure – a fundamental building block. But, as a part of something greater, it can do amazing things. Just like us.”
OnePlus promises to do big things together, with the support of their users and fans. The company will dish out more information about ‘OxygenOS’ on February 12 and we will bring them to you.