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OnePlus One Ban Lifted in India

News by Luke Jones on Monday December 29, 2014.

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The saga between Cyanogen, OnePlus, and Indian smartphone company Micromax shows no signs of ending, even though a pre-Christmas ruling seemed to have resolved issue. A couple of weeks ago, the OnePlus One smartphone was banned in India because Micromax had signed an exclusive deal with software supplier Cyanogen.

The Delhi high court has now reversed that ban, although this is only a temporary reprieve until the appeal hearing is dealt with.

In a reprieve to the company, judges on Wednesday said the case "shall be heard and decided afresh". The case will come up for hearing on January 7 under a single judge. "We dispose of the appeal, setting aside the impugned order dated December 16, 2014," Justices Pradeep Nandrajog and RK Gauba said in their order on OnePlus's petition, a copy of which was seen by ET.

If you have not been keeping up with the story, here's the full history:

Cyanogen Inc. struck up a deal with start-up company OnePlus to allow the manufacturer to use the CyanogenMod software in its One flagship last year. This year the software company signed another agreement with India based smartphone company Micromax, meaning the forked Android OS would find its way onto Micromax's flagships too.

Very good so far. However, problems started when the OnePlus One launched in India and users of the smartphone found they could not update the device to the latest builds of CyanogenMod. That was because Cyanogen signed an exclusive deal with Micromax, meaning the OnePlus One could not have the CyanogenMod software in India and could not get updates.

Of course, users were suitably angry and the result was OnePlus having to prep a home-crewed ROM that would replace Cyanogen on Indian based devices from the next update. Users in India will still receive OTA prompts for the CyanogenMod update but will not be able to pull it, and the end result will mean that the OnePlus One in India will have different software to the one outside of the country. Whether that will hurt sales of the device in the country remains to be seen.

Cyanogen Inc. released the following blog post today saying it was committed to supporting software over the world, before ironically declaring the Indian users of the One will not be supported.

"Since we clarified our support for OTA firmware updates for OnePlus One global devices, we've received a number of inquiries regarding OnePlus One devices sold in India.

"As we had pledged to our users, OnePlus One global devices will receive our OTA firmware updates. If a user in India purchased a OnePlus One global device in channels outside of India, they will receive our OTA firmware updates. However, this excludes OnePlus One regional devices sold directly in India. We are committed to our exclusive partnership in India with Micromax, which will be launching its first Cyanogen OS device under their new YU brand."

The conclusion has been a ban on the OnePlus One, with Micromax saying OnePlus "incurred major expenses for creation of a brand exclusivity for providing to Indian customers mobile phones with Cyanogen operating systems", which will make it "suffer irreparable harm and loss if the defendants (OnePlus) are permitted to continue with their illegal acts".

Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi was also recently banned in India for infringing patents owned by Ericsson.

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