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OnePlus responds to Cyanogen's exclusive partnership with Micromax

OnePlus has addressed its Indian users regarding the recent announcement that Cyanogen has made a deal with Indian handset manufacturer Micromax. The deal gives exclusive rights to Cyanogen's software to Micromax in India, leaving out the OnePlus One, which is powered by Cyanogen. Naturally, OnePlus expressed disappointment in the deal.

Additionally, OnePlus says they are bewildered at this move by Cyanogen. The two companies have previously cooperated on the launch of the OnePlus One in 17 countries, including India. The company does say that the One will continue to receive software updates globally, but apologizes to Indian customers who feel deceived.

OnePlus goes on to say that they will be releasing their own software to users in India and around the world as soon as possible, from their previously-announced Android software team. They have committed to two years of support for the OnePlus One with their software, which will be bloat-free and based on Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Do you think that OnePlus has responded properly to Cyanogen's partnership with Micromax? Let us know in the comments.

Source: OnePlus blog{.nofollow}

115 Comments
  • Dick move by Cyanogen
  • Especially since they were big on the openness of their software and Android only to go sign exclusive deals. They have become worse than the very corporate companies they stood apposed to. Posted via Android Central App
  • opposed Posted via the Android Central App using my Galaxy Note 4 from Sprint
  • Who cares? Honestly, that's not even a major grammar issue that requires a comment by grammar nazis' standards. Posted via the Moto X Pure Edition
  • You're right it's not a grammar issue. It's spelling Posted via the Android Central App
  • @Tiago You're right, it's not a grammar issue. It's a spelling issue.
  • @N Cook You're right, it's not a grammatical issue. it's an issue of spelling.
  • @> beebl3brox You're right, it is not a grammatical issue. It is an issue of spelling. Posted via Android Central App
  • You're right, we are all dicks. Posted from the amazing whatever device I can afford because I'm a broke college kid.
  • Bought a OnePlus One, dealt with its many issues, sold it, now I have no fcuks to give!
  • +1 Posted via the Android Central App
  • Same, I also owned one and thought it was crap, but other than the yellow band at the bottom of the screen, the hardware was great. It was the software that was complete buggy garbage. So OnePlus might actually be better off without Cyanogen. Just use stock Android.
  • Well Cyanogenmod is based on AOSP which is what I think you mean by use Stock Android. There would still be bugs. Google customizes their devices so no one else can really use "Google's" stock Android if that's what you meant.
  • Based on means they changed it. It's not all AOSP bugs that are showing up on +1. Lots of the bugs are CM as a whole, and exclusive to CM on the +1. I personally haven't flashed CM since 4.0, pretty much entirely because of all the bugs I always had. I far prefer a factory AOSP rom with xposed, or AOSPA
  • Cyanogen is nowhere close to Android in terms of it working right... Sent from my Nexus 9 Posted via the Android Central App
  • Signatures: you're doing them wrong. Posted via the Moto X Pure Edition
  • There isn't a signature... Wittiness: you just don't have any... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Look, either your signature is "Sent from my Nexus 9" or "Posted via Android Central App" or some combination of those two, not both with one in the comment part and one in the signature area. Posted via the Moto X Pure Edition
  • Were does it say this in the AC rules and guidelines for posting? Posted via some candy
  • Let me explain something. Raw Android (AOSP) is a totally different system. It is basically bug free and if someone wants to throw it on a non-AOSP device, is pretty easy. This is shown best in play edition devices. The bugs come from the customizations that Cyanogenmod throws into Android. Like any new feature, it begins with a couple of errors. Cyanogenmod supports so many devices that they are primarily a base os now. They can't bug-fix. They leave that to people like team Validus who base their version of android on Cyanogenmod. Just like people who make Linux PCs using an Ubuntu base. The only devices they keep arm eye on are Nexus' and the One plus One, which is virtually bug free now. My roommate has one and we can't find any major issues. I have a Nexus 5 so I have first hand experience with Pure AOSP (KitKat and lollipop), and custom Roms like Cyanogenmod. I'm running a CM base right now and my roommate is on CM11S.
  • LOL AOSP is very very VERY far from 'basically bug free'.
  • The OS Google provides for its Nexus devices is not the same as aosp by a long shot.
  • Well done friend. Company is bewildered themselves Posted via the ACA on NEXUS 6
  • It's a fiasco from the start. If one plus one would have been selling their phone in a proper manner, maybe their partner wouldn't jump ship. Posted via Android Central App
  • True that!! Posted from Google Nexus 5
  • Worst marketing strategy I've ever seen! Posted from Google Nexus 5
  • I read about and understood the marketing approach before I went for it. Those who didn't do that have no right to bitch about it. So stop whining.
  • Sucks, but when you do not control the software this is the game you play.
  • It's not Micromax fault OnePlus didn't get the invite. Posted via the Android Central App
  • LOL. That's a good one. Sorry, I hit the wrong button
  • Funny shlt! I spit energy drink all over the room when I read that!
  • Hahahaha funny shit Posted via the Android Central App
  • My One plus is scheduled to be here today, any hour now.
    Looks like i may have to root and install a custom
    rom right off the batt. That is if it seems to work ok.
  • You will be fine. The oneplus is a solid phone. Posted via the Android Central App
  • FWIW, the last CM update seemed to fix the issues and I found it to be completely stable and bug-free. But if you're comfortable flashing custom ROMs, I'd say go for it anyway, just because there are so many great ROMs available for the OPO with some really cool features that you won't find on any stock ROM. I highly recommend Mahdi; the performance has been flawless, in a month of heavy usage I have yet to encounter one bug, and there are so many built in features and customization options to play around with. I'm on 4.4.4 (they have released 5.0 under their new name "Euphoria" but I'm too much in love with Xposed to make the jump to ART just yet)
  • seems like a short sighted and rather stupid blunder on Cyanogen Inc's part.
  • On the contrary, this is a long game move if I've ever seen one. Posted via the Android Central App
  • This precisely. Oneplus isn't doing what cyanogenmod needs them to do. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Both are inept. They deserve each other.
  • Also, what's up with Cyanogen's proprietary garbage route? they rose to fame as an open source mod but are trying to make their money by pushing a proprietary OS....seems silly.
  • Their software isn't proprietary, it's just exclusive.
  • Hahahah mate you sound like an Apple PR guy. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Haha. Looks like Cyanogen just lost a customer. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Sucks to be in India Posted via Android Central App
  • The one plus one is garbage and they waited to long to release it Posted via the Android Central App
  • Says the guy who's user name is his email Posted via...The One
  • +1. Everyone spam him! Lol jk, don't do that. Posted via the Android Central App
  • LMFAO. Posted via Android Central App
  • Lmao Posted via the ACA on NEXUS 6
  • Nice! Posted via my OnePlus One!
  • The number of "lmao"s on this comment is too damn high. Posted via Nexus 5 through Android Central App
  • Count me as a lucky one who hasn't experienced any of the troubles others have with their oneplus phones. The one plus has incredible battery life and the software makes it my favorite alternative to stock. Posted via the Android Central App
  • So far no issues with my one plus one I've had for 2 months I also have a note 4 on the way from Bell so i need to decide what phone ends up being sold. Might just keep the note 4 and stick cm12 on it I love the theme engine Cyonogyen uses. Posted via Android Central App
  • Keep the Note 4. As much as I love my LG G2 running CM, I can't deny TouchyWiz has come a long way. Posted via "the Contest-Won" Sprint Galaxy Note 4
  • As long as it doesn't affect the US yet, it doesn't matter to me. Seems isolated to India Posted via...The One
  • Yes, this has nothing to do with the US, and almost certainly never will. Micromax is not a player in the US at all.
  • My guess is it will affect you. I cannot see OnePlus and Cyanogen working together long term on software updates after this.
  • They don't work together now or this wouldn't be happening. Cyanogen handles the software 100% and the software updates come directly from cyanogen. Not OnePlus Posted via...The One
  • The question now is will the OnePlus Two use Cyanogen or OnePlus's in house OS? And who will be handling future updates to the One Posted via the Android Central App
  • Future updates are handled by CM. They've already pledged their support. Nothing changes with that. The 2 will likely be handled by OnePlus Posted via...The One
  • OnePlus handling updates on its own, what could possibly go wrong?
  • You have to get the invite to update.
  • OnePlus should just ship with stock Android and own the affordable Nexus market that Google just relinquished...
  • In the beginning India wasn't a launch country/region. So it's natural that cyanogen kept busy and made as many deals as they could. When oneplus turned their sights on India, I bet cyanogen was already in talks. Users can probably just download and flash the images and have cyanogen if they really want it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • This! Posted via my OnePlus One!
  • Cyanogenmod recognizes a sinking ship when it sees one, start diversifying before it slips completely under the waves. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yep. Seems like they had no other choice. via AC App on VZW Moto X DE/N7
  • I think it's a good thing. I now have 2 Ones and the first one was super buggy. Didn't play well with Google Play Services until the recent update. Hopefully, OnePlus decides to go stock Android, but the temptation to do their own thing may be too great. Posted via the Android Central App
  • So will I not have 2 years of updates from Cyanogen on my oneplus one in U.S? Posted via Android Central App on 1+1
  • I don't think this has anything to do with the US. I would think CM will support it for at least two years considering it is basically their own device. What is the oldest phone currently supported by CM? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Oops, wrong post. *edits* I hope CM runs well, ordered this for my brother a few days ago.
  • Judging from the rumors that have been flying around for months + OPO's own cryptic forum posts, I get the feeling that CM and OPO have already agreed that they are parting ways once CM's contract is up. With that in mind, Cyanogen probably sees no reason to "stay loyal" to OPO, and with this new deal with Micromax are ensuring that their inevitable split from OPO won't result in a loss of profits are jobs. What is mind boggling though is the fact that Cyanogen's contract with OPO does not preclude them from making exclusive deals with other manufacturers. OPO's legal team must have been half asleep when they wrote out that contract.
    PS Even though their lawyers suck, my OPO is still an awesome device and I never had any problems with it at all! (NO I DONT HAVE INVITES, SORRY)
  • Too long, didn't read, can I get an invite? Posted from the amazing whatever device I can afford because I'm a broke college kid.
  • I have 3 invites... Posted via the Android Central App
  • I actually have one in my inbox now, I'm saving up for the 64gb now. Thanks anyways stranger. Posted from the amazing whatever device I can afford because I'm a broke college kid.
  • Doesnt matter if OPO lost cyanogen, they could make their own rom or straight up port AOSP. I have OPO and I am sure this phone started out with bugs but right now its as solid and stable as any other brand phone on the market.
  • +1 Posted via Android Central App
  • + 1 Posted via Android Central App
  • I enjoyed my OnePlus One up until I needed HDMI functionality out of it. It's a seriously great phone and I miss it more than any other Android I've had..... and I've had a lot. If this story is a foreshadowing of a OnePlus Two minus Cyanogenmod, I don't guess I'll be buying a OP2. It's unfortunate.
  • "OnePlus goes on to say that they will be releasing their own software to users in India and around the world as soon as possible, from their previously-announced Android software team." And that's why cyanogenmod went with another phone company
  • Everyone does understand that miromax is ONLY granted exclusive rights in INDIA right. As of now, this doesn't apply to the u.s. or u.k. Posted via...The One
  • Goes to show you, any tech company that starts out all open source and consumer friendly is only doing so they can sell out in the future. When CM went with One Plus you knew it was coming, CM would go all corporate, luckily there are plenty of AOSP based roms like PA & Mahdi besides most of the CM roms are broken anyways. I'm on LG g2 and CM absolutely sucks. Posted via the Android Central App
  • You can't even get a stable rom yet for the Moto G of cyanogen mod. It was always buggy anyways, which is why I stay away from cyanogen. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I have tried Cyanogenmod on every Nexus for years now. Not once did I ever find a stable version. Only on the EVO 4G did I ever find CM better than stock. Sense was a mess back then though. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Same here! For me every rom had one or the other annoying issue.. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Have the one plus and faster then my Nexus 5, battery lasts almost three times longer. Lollipop has bugs in both the Nexus 5 and 10.
  • I have both as well and my Nexus 5 blows my One away in stability and smoothness. Lollipop is amazing. I still use my One as m daily driver though. The One has (like you said), 3 times the battery life. It also has built in privacy guard so you can control permissions per app. It has a "close all" for multitasking that is incredibly important - especially when Chrome on Lollipop doesn't let you close tabs, but the tabs show up in the "recents" list. Lastly, the hardware of the One is tough to beat and leagues above my Nexus 5.
  • Well, they can blame themselves for shooting themselves in the foot. The 1+1 is like a year old(ish) and still is not out for the public, I see it as one company looking out for themselves, cyanogen gave one plus a chance and they blew it off with their games of invite and non public releases. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Total goof, amateur move by Cyanogen. To leave what was your bread & butter high & dry like this just reeks unprofessional. I hope Cyanogen crashes & burns in their new endeavor.
  • Micromax doesn't even devlop quality hardware. It's phones look good on the outside, but are of poor quality in the inside. When seen, one understands that these phones are very poorly built. Also Mmx uses Mediatek processors only (till date). These phones from Mmx never meet flagship standards. Mmx could never exploit the true potential of CyanogenMod. While on the other hand, OnePlus One is the best example of what an awesome phone paired with CyanogenMod can achieve. On the bright side of it, Oneplus's OS may be as good or even better than the CyanogenMod. It's the most dumbest thing done by CyanogenInc. and they are gonna face the consequences. Posted via Android Central App
  • Ohh like OnePlus uses quality hardware? Sorry but OnePlus is built like crap. Their touchscreen is faulty (some rumours were that they were defective screens from the opo find 7a) and comes with many issues. Cm got fed up with trying to band aid fix OnePlus's hardware issues with software cover ups. The root of OnePlus's touchscreen issues is the hardware itself. It's a poor quality, cheap, outdated screen that has been plagued with issues. OnePlus refuses to admit it, so they blame the firmware. Cm is responsible for the software side of things so it's their job to clean the mess up. 6 otas later (could be more by now) people still have touchscreen issues. People blame cm but it's really OnePlus's fault. Cm can only work with the hardware it's given. People said it from the beginning it's a hardware issue, and that any software fixes would be band aid solutions. And they were right. I don't blame cm. OnePlus dicked everyone around (cm included), and cm took the blame. Posted via the Android Central App
  • You clearly don't own a OnePlus One. None of what you said is true. Software updates fixed the touchscreen issues entirely. I know. I'm typing this on my One right now.
  • That's right. The One is a great device. Use it and see for yourself. Posted via the Android Central App
  • He's right on the touch screen, I have an unresponsive bar on mine that showed up after owning it for 2 months. I love the ability of the device, but the touch screen has me furious. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Wow i was about to buy 2 of them for the holidays I'm glad I have seen this article. Now I will have to buy something else. I was hearing about how great these phones were and what a value but with no future support I'm not taking a chance.
  • They are going to have future support. Did you read the article? As long as you are not in India you will actually have more options than any other phones since it will have two different versions supported. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Not surprising. Cyanogen will stab any of its partners in the back to make a buck. That's what happens when you try and monetize something that most people have no clue what it is in the first place.
  • I think someone paid someone off and thought; "Screw the customers!" I'm glad OnePlus is promising some support.
  • Sad line in the long story of this phone. Sounds like it only affects users in India. That being said, hoping OPO just goes stock Android from on here on out. Cyanogen is nice and all, but Google really stepped upbtue customization game this time around. LP is a beauty. Cya later Cyanogen. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Oneplus somehow makes the news for all the wrong reasons. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Sad news. Glad I got the X 14' PE. Oh well hope things get better for the. Going stock is the best thing I think they could currently do. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Cyanogen is complete junk. OnePlus should go AOSP on their own and do themselves a favour. Cyanogen Inc and fail and bankrupt themselves for all I care.
  • Sounds like Cyanogen just graduated from the Ubuntu School of How Not To Do Open Source.
  • This says a lot about Cyanogen mod. They are committed to themselves and raises a big red flag for me if I think about getting something with their OS . IMO that was a very selfish move.
  • Sad line in the long story of this phone. Sounds like it only affects users in India. That being said, hoping OPO just goes stock Android from on here on out. Cyanogen is nice and all, but Google really stepped upbtue customization game this time around. LP is a beauty. Cya later Cyanogen. Posted via the Android Central App
  • rElax
  • I'm sure it all came down to the $$$$$!!! Micromax most likely threw a ton of money there way. Sad to say!!
    Cyanogen sucks anyways!!!!
  • Classic Cyanogen. I remember when they were exclusive to international devices. American users had to wait for a port. So, surely the OPO will get a port. Ports aren't bad if they're done well, and many are. Top comment is blaming Cyanogen, but OnePlus introduced this convoluted invite system that all but screamed, "We're not ready for prime time, we don't know what we're doing!" So maybe Cyanogen just wanted to go with a reputable vendor. Though "Exclusive" is and should be a bad word in the Android community, it's not exclusive to Cyanogen. Look at the HTC One M8. If you got it outside the US, you can convert it to a GPE. If you're an American, there are ports... I'm running one. It's just the nature of the beast. If you want everything and everyone the same, you get an iPhone. No disrespect to iPhone users. I use a Keurig system for my coffee. I like that simple. I like my phone wild, on the bleeding edge. I like flashing ROMs. If I wanted it simple, fast, and easy, like I like my coffee, I'd have settled down with and most likely enjoyed an iPhone 6. But I'm not ready for that. Meanwhile, CyanogenMod will continue to be available in one form or another for all the flagship designs, regardless of India or United States or wherever else.
  • Well they could partner with Paranoid Android or OmniRom, but I think a Rom based of Cyanogenmod (which a lot of people do) might be a loophole. Having a solid UI is a must
  • I wonder if the development team they speak of is the same bunch that builds the Oppo software. Talk about a buggy mess. It's their sister company so it wouldn't surprise me. Posted via Android Central App
  • shit company cyanogen Posted via the Android Central App
  • It will be good for users OnePlus having their own sowtware.
  • You know I am not a fan of CM to begin with but has anyone also thought that it maybe OPO that is to blame. We all know that China based companies are not the best when it comes to copyrights and the GPL. I think CM will find this out when they find that Micromax only imports their devices from China. Also Saw a comment on someone having the nexus 5 and knowing AOSP. News flash, Not even the nexus comes stock AOSP.
  • one plus one has done the right thing
  • CyanogenMod is one of the main reasons I wanted the OnePlus One, which I really love, now that the One will get some "other"/custom Android ROM from OPO itself I'm not as enamored with its future. By the same token CM did play some dirty pool with OP on this and I personally do not want to load or use CM on any more devices. The whole situation stinks! Is CM trying to hurt OP, they surely have? Is OP playing dumb or were they truly blindsided by this whole thing. In any event, this all just stinks of bad business, disguised as short term gain on CM's part. Boo!