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Cyanogen and OnePlus Go Separate Ways

News by Luke Jones on Wednesday April 29, 2015.

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We are not exactly surprised by the news that Cyanogen Inc. and OnePlus have ended their mutual partnership together. The two companies linked up last year when the OnePlus One smartphone flagship launched running the CyanogenMod software. However, after some recent issues it seems that Cyanogen Inc. has decided to cut OnePlus.

It comes at an interesting time as the OnePlus One "flagship killer" has been receiving the CyanogenMod 12 update over the last two weeks. It is the latest build of the platform based off Google's Android 5.0 Lollipop mobile operating system.

OnePlus and Cyanogen have had problems, not least at the end of last year when the OnePlus One was banned India because Cyanogen Inc. had signed an exclusive deal with Micromax in the country. OnePlus then had to develop its own Oxygen OS, something the company will undoubtedly use on all its devices from now on.

It seems that the split between the two companies is less than amicable with Cyanogen Inc. CEO Kirk McMaster saying, "Without Cyanogen, OnePlus would have sold like one device in international markets," said the executive. "Essentially they built their brand on the back of Cyanogen."

That's not an opinion we share as the OnePlus One is a fantastic smartphone period.

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