Owners of the OnePlus One handset who never thought they would ever see another update for their operating system are in luck. OnePlus, the company behind the OnePlus One, announced the release of its OxygenOS operating system over the weekend. The new OS contains features such as off-screen gesture control, a file management system, and a quick start menu.
“By creating our own operating system, we can quickly respond to user feedback and make it easier for you to continue playing a fundamental role in the future of OnePlus,” the company wrote on its corporate blog. “Our goal for OxygenOS is to provide faster, more meaningful updates and a better-integrated range of services for every OnePlus user.”
Back to Basics
News that OnePlus had been working on a proprietary operating system for its OnePlus One handset first broke last April after the company suffered through an ugly breakup with partner Cyanogen, which had been providing OnePlus with the Android ROM for its handsets. Cyanogen split from the partnership after signing an exclusive agreement with Micromax, leaving OnePlus without an OS for its phones.
OnePlus is marketing OxygenOS as a simple, lightweight OS that forgoes the feature-creep it claims exists in other handset operating systems. “In this environment where everyone is fighting to standout with custom ROMs, we think it’s important to go back to basics,” the company said. “We place things like performance and battery life over gimmicks and bloated features.”
According to OnePlus, that means it would not add features simply for the sake of differentiation. “We’ve implemented some important features thus far, but they are subtle and meaningful.”
Still Android Underneath
Nevertheless, the OxygenOS does not represent a massive shift from the OnePlus One’s existing operating system, at least in terms of how the user will experience it. Like OnePlus’ previous implementation of the Cyanogen-supplied OS, OxygenOS is a custom Android Lollipop ROM, not much different from the proprietary skins developed by other handset manufacturers.
What may help differentiate the OxygenOS from other custom Android ROMs (aside from the fact that it is optimized from the OnePlus One phone) is the company’s ongoing development process. OnePlus is playing down expectations for the operating system at launch, emphasizing that the release represents an early-stage version of the software. However, the company is promising a faster update schedule that is more focused on the needs of OnePlus One users.
“We built this initial version so that you guys could begin taking a direct role in the future of Oxygen,” OnePlus said. “To make sure we’re heading in the right direction, we need your input.” The company has set up a forum through which users can provide feedback to the ROM development team so the updating process can be more responsive to consumer demands.
The new OS is available for immediate download from the OnePlus Web site. However, since the OS is not available as an over-the-air update, OnePlus One owners will need to manually flash the new operating system.
Posted: 2015-04-07 @ 2:10pm PT
are you sure its android based?