Monday, 1 December 2014

OnePlus One listed on Amazon India, no mention of CyanogenMod support

OnePlus One listed on Amazon India, no mention of CyanogenMod support
So the OnePlus One is coming to India tomorrow, but you already knew that. What you perhaps missed is that Amazon has already put up a way for you to win an invite for the device. All you need to do is open the Amazon.in website and click on the OnePlus One invite link. There you have to subscribe to the newsletter, just like on the OnePlus website. What's more interesting though is how there's no mention of CyanogenMod anymore. The technical specifications on the listing mentions everything except the operating system that the device runs on. OnePlus India General Manager Vikas Agarwal had earlier confirmed to us that the device would launch with CyanogenMod , which is what the global version of the One comes with, but OnePlus is also working on its own OS, which would be ready by February 2015. Agarwal said that the beta version for the new OS would be available in December itself.
While the OnePlus smartphone will be launched with the CyanogenMod 11S ROM on it, CM won't officially support the device anymore because of its exclusive tie-up with Micromax for its new range of Yu smartphones. Many of you have already indicated that this makes a big difference for you. Native CM support was the main reason behind many, especially power users, going for this smartphone. While the below Rs. 25,000 price tag remains quite attractive, the lack of CM support seems to have disappointed many users. Another clarification that we recieved was that while users are welcome to flash the international for CM onto the OnePlus One, OTA updates would still be unavailable and you would need to update devices manually and at your own risk. Of course, rooting never voids the warranty of a OnePlus One and the same shall still apply to India.
The OnePlus One is scheduled to launch in India tomorrow and we are hoping that the new OS is announced at the event tomorrow, so watch this space for more.