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OnePlus: Oxygen OS release date set for February 12

OnePlus CEO Peter Lau announced that the company's own custom Android implementation called Oxygen OS will reach OnePlus One owners on February 12. Upcoming OnePlus smartphones will launch with Oxygen OS preinstalled.

Today OnePlus CEO Peter Lau announced that Oxygen OS, the company's own custom Android ROM, will be launched on February 12th. The release of Oxygen OS marks an important milestone for the young Chinese smartphone manufacturer that previously collaborated with Cyanogen on the OnePlus One.

In recent months, OnePlus and Cyanogen have had their share of legal disputes. The OnePlus One launched with CyanogenMod back in June 2014, and the partnership between the Chinese manufacturer and the custom ROM maker was going smoothly. Then when OnePlus launched the One in India towards the end of the year, local smartphone manufacturer Micromax revealed that it had exclusive rights to use the Cyanogen brand in India. Since then, the relationship between Cyanogen and OnePlus degraded gradually up to the point where OnePlus announced that it will build its own custom Android implementation. This custom ROM will be called Oxygen OS, a name that OnePlus fans voted for online.

Cyanogen recently launched an update to Android 5.0 Lollipop for the OnePlus One, and the ROM maker announced that it is essentially terminating support for the smartphone. As the partnership between OnePlus and Cyanogen is over, the Cyanogen branding on the back of the OnePlus One has recently been removed.

At the moment, we don't know what software tweaks and features OnePlus plans to bring with Oxygen OS, although we do know that the OS will be based on Android 5.0 Lollipop.


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Mihai Andrici, 2015-02- 6 (Update: 2015-02- 6)