By Rich W Woods
The partnership between Cyanogen and OnePlus is officially over. After months and months of a relationship status of “It’s Complicated”, it’s now officially single.
This has been a long time coming. OnePlus had been planning to launch their own ROM for some time, OxygenOS, which launched earlier this month in April. Trouble really started brewing when OnePlus launched their “Flagship Killer” OnePlus One in India, where Cyanogen had already signed an exclusive deal with Micromax.
Without Cyanogen, OnePlus would have sold like one device in international markets,” … “Essentially they built their brand on the back of Cyanogen.” – Kirt McMaster
That’s probably the last you will see from that partnership.” … “Two new companies are trying to do crazy stuff, a lot of people collide.” – Steve Kondik
As we can see, Kirt McMaster feels that OnePlus road on the coattails of Cyanogen, which is somewhat true. That is why partnerships exist.
It also begs the question of how the OnePlus Two will sell, given the poor reception that OxygenOS has received among the OnePlus community. OnePlus also has a long track record of providing poor support for customers and breaking promises.
I’m sure that the question on your mind is about whether or not your OnePlus One will still receive Cyanogen updates. It will, for the promised two years of the lifecycle.