Update: Cyanogen won’t be providing firmware updates for OnePlus One devices directly sold in India. Apparently, what Cyanogen meant by its earlier statement was that OnePlus One global devices bought outside India and brought into the country will receive the updates, but not the devices directly bought in India.
Update (December 5): Cyanogen has clarified in a blog post that OnePlus One will continue to get OTA firmware updates for all global devices, including those in India.
Earlier (December 1): Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus, which is expected to launch in India tomorrow exclusively through Amazon India, is on the brink of breaking up its partnership with Cyanogen Inc, reports Engadget.
Cynogen recently signed an agreement with Indian smartphone manufacturer Micromax for its upcoming online-only brand of smart devices YU, which gives Micromax exclusive rights in India over the Android-based CynogenMod ROM mobile operating system. OnePlus has mentioned in a blog post that Cyanogen’s move was “surprising & disappointing” because the companies had been working in tandem for a successful India launch, and Cyanogen had released a new update to comply with Indian regulations specifically for the OnePlus One launch.
While OnePlus One’s India launch is expected to go ahead as scheduled later this week, Indian users of the smartphone will not receive future CyanogenMod OTA updates. However, they will be able to manually update their phones as it’ll be available for OnePlus smartphones in other countries.
Micromax vs OnePlus: Micromax, which is also expected to launch its first smartphone under the YU brand this month, will now be competing directly with OnePlus One. Micromax had mentioned that it along with Cyanogen will be partnering several companies to build a layer of services on top of the Cyanogen operating system. It’ll be interesting to see if OnePlus fast-tracks its Android Lollipop OS to counter Micromax’s offerings. These two companies will also be competing with Xiaomi, which has attracted a lot of attention (both positive & negative) through its online-only flash sales based distribution model and affordable pricing.
Hope for OnePlus One Indian users: Last month, OnePlus co-founder & CEO Peter Lau had told Chinese media that the company was working on its own Android-based ROM for its next smartphone OnePlus Two. The company plans to replace Color OS, which was developed by OnePlus’ sister company Oppo and is used in the Chinese version on OnePlus One, with the in-house OS. Though OnePlus hasn’t yet said anything about extending the new OS to Indian users as well, it is the most likely alternative. OnePlus had also released a stock Adroid ROM for OnePlus One, and had added support for other ROMs like Paranoid Android & Slimkat ROM.
OnePlus had launched launched its first smartphone OnePlus One in April this year, which runs on CyanogenMod dubbed as CyanogenMod 11S and features a 5.5 inch full-HD display, quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor and 13 megapixel camera among others. Earlier this month, OnePlus had also appointed Vikas Agarwal as the general manager of OnePlus India.