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OnePlus launches OxygenOS

OxygenOS firmware based on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop
OxygenOS keeps things light and essential, while adding a range of services for every OnePlus user and also being able to provide "faster, more meaningful updates."

Although it arrives after a few delays, the initial version of OxygenOS is finally here. This new mobile operating system is made by OnePlus and uses Android 5.0.2 Lollipop as foundation. As expected, the main target of OxygenOS is the OnePlus One smartphone, although it may not be a surprise to see it loaded on other handsets as well (unofficial variants, of course).

According to the official blog post about this first OxygenOS release, "Our goal for OxygenOS is to provide faster, more meaningful updates and a better-integrated range of services for every OnePlus user." Developers thing it is very important "to go back to basics" and focused on providing enhanced performance and battery life instead of "gimmicks and bloated features" as it usually happens with Android versions customized by other smartphone makers.

The most important features offered by OxygenOS are screen-off gestures (double-tap to wake, music controls, camera and flashlight shortcuts), quick settings, as well as an improved file manager. Additional improvements include customizable lock screen wallpapers and the ability to switch between capacitive and on-screen navigation keys.


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Codrut Nistor, 2015-04- 6 (Update: 2024-05-28)