Some good news for OnePlus One users in India. Owners of the phone will be able to get the Android Lollipop-based CM12 software update from Cyanogen. Responding to a tweet online. Carl Pei, director of OnePlus, said that Indian users will receive the new build of the CyanogenMod operating system as an over-the-air update.
.@hescoresgalores no it’s not. CM12S will be delivered via OTA.
— Carl Pei (@getpeid) March 23, 2015
Earlier Cyanogen had said in December that the company won’t be providing firmware updates for OnePlus One devices directly sold in India. OnePlus is currently at loggerheads with Micromax and it was reported that OnePlus was on the brink of breaking off its deal with Cyanogen. Micromax had signed an agreement with Cyanogen for its online-only brand of smart devices YU, which gives Micromax exclusive rights in India over the Android-based CynogenMod ROM mobile operating system.
OnePlus was also stopped from shipping or selling its smartphones in India, just a fortnight after its launch in the country following an interim injunction by the Delhi High Court. This injunction was granted to Micromax after it complained that OnePlus had infringed on its exclusive rights by launching OnePlus One on December 2. Micromax claimed that it has incurred “major expenses for creating a brand exclusivity to Indian customers mobile phones with Cyanogen operating systems” and the company will “suffer irreparable harm and loss if the defendants are permitted to continue with their illegal acts in violation of the agreement between Micromax and Cyanogen”.
It’s also worth noting that Cyanogen earlier this week raised $80 million in a series C funding round led by Premji Invest and includes participation from new strategic investors Twitter Ventures, Qualcomm Incorporated, Telefónica Ventures, Smartfren Telecom, Index Ventures, Access Industries (the US-based industrial group headed by Len Blavatnik), Rupert Murdoch, Vivi Nevo, and several yet to be announced partners. Existing investors Benchmark, Andreessen Horowitz, Redpoint Ventures, and Tencent Holdings Ltd. also participated.