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OnePlus One Getting Lollipop This Month: Users Choose Between OxygenOS or Cyanogen

News by Luke Jones on Tuesday March 17, 2015.

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OnePlus promised some time ago that its flagship killing OnePlus One smartphone will be getting the Android Lollipop treatment. Well, that promise is being fulfilled by the Chinese startup as the company confirmed that Lollipop is making its way to the One by the end of this month (March).

As you would expect with OnePlus, there is one quirky thing to add, the company says if it does not fulfil its promise it will give away a batch of 64GB OnePlus One handsets. Now, that sort of makes me think the company expects to fail and is prepping a competition to smooth over the cracks, but we'll see if OnePlus can deliver Lollipop by the end of the month.

Interestingly, the company is giving users the chance to update to a Lollipop based version of CyanogenMod 12s which will land March 30, or to OnePlus' own proprietary OxygenOS ROM which will be available from March 27. The ties between OnePlus and Cyanogen have been loosening since the One was banned in India due to an exclusive deal Cyanogen Inc. had signed with India's Micromax. OnePlus responded with Oxygen, and it seems the company is now trying to steer users towards its own software.

Hey friends,

We know there is a lot of excitement in the community surrounding the Lollipop updates for the One, and for good reason. We are just as excited as you are.

We never intended to keep you waiting. Unfortunately, we ran into some unexpected roadblocks. First, there was an unforeseen OS signing issue, which has recently been resolved. Our camera module had stability issues on Lollipop, and we had to rebuild it for compatibility. Several other crucial drivers, including our Wi-Fi drivers, also needed to be updated to work flawlessly with the upgrade. Admittedly, it took a little more time than we had planned, but we only release updates that we are proud of; that means refusing to take shortcuts or deliver sub-par experiences.

With all of that in mind, here are the official release dates for Android Lollipop on the OnePlus One:

CM 12S: The official OTA update for the OnePlus One will be released on or before March 30, 2015

OxygenOS: The official release of our own Lollipop-based ROM will be available for download on or before March 27, 2015

To show you how serious we are about this commitment to our community, we are prepared to put our money where our mouth is. If we miss either one of these deadlines, we will give away five (5) 64GB OnePlus One devices to our fans. Reply to this thread to be eligible.

It's our little way of saying thank you for being patient and for joining us on our journey to create amazing, user-driven experiences.

Never Settle.

source: OnePlus

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