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OnePlus releases OxygenOS

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After weeks of anticipation, OnePlus has finally taken the covers off its flavor of Android, OxygenOS. OnePlus One owners were all set for what would be a ROM for their flagship killers back in February. However, a number of delays were imposed as the build was going through a certification process.

Weeks passed, then a month, and just as it was looking like we might see two months pass beyond OnePlus’ February 12th deadline, OxygenOS is available to download and install.

Based on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop, OxygenOS is said to be “light and essential” with all the customization, and useful features OnePlus owners have enjoyed with their devices. Gestures are baked in, and quick settings have some nice appointments. The File Manager is of course a welcome touch.

As you can see from the feature video above, and as anticipated, OxygenOS is really a feature augmentation to Lollipop, as the experience looks almost completely stock. That no doubt lends to what looks like smooth and fast performance on the hardware.

OxygenOS is not a required download, users can obviously still opt to keep using Cyanogen ROMs. OnePlus is committed to be prompt with updates, and encourages users to download the company’s feedback app to submit comments about the experience. Click on the source link for all the details.

Thanks Muhammed for the heads-up!

source: OnePlus

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posted on 04 Apr 2015, 05:38 7

1. Anterv (Posts: 172; Member since: 09 Jul 2014)


I am incredibly disappointed. This looks just a little more than open-source Android version.

And what is this "OxygenOS Top Features" s**t ? I just see some absolutely basic OS management.

posted on 04 Apr 2015, 08:21 8

12. seven7dust (unregistered)


isnt that a breath of fresh air , oxygen literally ,vanilla android slighly tweaked but mostly left alone ,this is the way to go. oneplus gets it.

the problem with most OEMs is that they think they are software developers when they clearly aren’t. all oems should leave android alone then they’ll win more customers, HTC sense , oppo color O.S , or some unknown UI developed by some chinese interns with no experience.

I don’t need a special gallery app or special browser , just give me stock , if you need better ,download it from the play store.

I think this is the right approach, they’ll slowly add more tweaks that will make it more useful. but the core will be stock android. a lot of people appreciate stock android.

posted on 04 Apr 2015, 08:23

13. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1146; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


so what do you have to say about samsung?

posted on 04 Apr 2015, 09:10 1

18. seven7dust (unregistered)


touchwiz gives some useful features like s-pen apps ,multi-window, popup play etc.

but if you see the major complaints about samsung it’s usually touchwiz ,not their hardware , but they seem to have fixed most of the complaints in the S6 touchwiz.

posted on 04 Apr 2015, 08:28 3

14. Anterv (Posts: 172; Member since: 09 Jul 2014)


You got it wrong seven7dust. OEM's have programmers and engineers for professional software development, while in Play Store 95% apps are indie. And I would like to see OnePlus as OEM, who has at least one feature in it's ROM.

posted on 04 Apr 2015, 09:05 1

17. seven7dust (unregistered)


not chinese companies , they use interns to develop software , I use a lot of Chinese phones So I know the crap that comes with them , I’m obviously not talking about MIUI or Meizu, which have good software teams , but for every good skin they are 10 worse skins that slow down the phone.

go check other lesser compnaies , Gionee Amigo UI , Oppo Color O.S , Emotion UI , Vivo funtouch O.S , Zte has their skin , even lenovo has some crap calle vibe UI.

Do we really need all these skins and gimmicky gallery apps and lauchers that slow down the phone , you have thousands on the play store.

posted on 04 Apr 2015, 10:31

22. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


I have huawei phone and I found emotion ui as more user friendly and faster than many established names. You cannot say that chinese take on android is crap. Huawei has very nice apps permission control management which I miss in my galaxy note 4. Chinese ROMs usually include customizations to their UI, even Samsung is copying this feature in TW now...
there is only one annoying thing in chinese UIs, which is that they tend to follow the foot steps of iOS... usually they exclude app drawer from their overlay which is kinda iOSish... another annoying thing about chinese is that they are very slow in updating their ROMs to the lastest version of android, sometime they even forget to update their phones at all

posted on 04 Apr 2015, 10:47

23. seven7dust (unregistered)


you answered the question yourself , Huawei software is a lot better than most chinese Oems , yet they aren’t good enough. So that kind software development approach won’t work for a smaller company like oneplus, lets face it even if huawei’s software team dropped dead , they phones will rock with stock android lollipop. Emotion UI is not a feature.

with Oxygen Oneplus has huge lead over other chinese OEms , they can update their phones a lot faster , stock android is well known and easy to use
also
since they hired from paranoid android, they’ll add stuff like halo , notfication tweaks etc.. , this is just a base,

keep watching oxygen O.S will keep getting better , with a strong stock android foundation it’ll only keep going up unless they mess up. they’ll probablyy go the MIUI route and add more features weekly, then no Chinese OEM will touch them.

posted on 04 Apr 2015, 12:42

27. Johnnokia (Posts: 1060; Member since: 27 May 2012)


Would anyone tell me why installing Lollipop will wipe all the phone data and we must make a back up ???

posted on 04 Apr 2015, 16:20

30. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 479; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)


With all these conversations, keep in mind that the update is rocking at 1.0.0. It is a good place to build on. For now, it is clean and stable. Software features do not just pop out all of a sudden. It needs time to build. Rather OnePlus can pull out a "main" feature or not, we just have to sit and wait, considering that that company is not even a year old yet.

posted on 04 Apr 2015, 18:26

31. MySchizoBuddy (Posts: 147; Member since: 23 Aug 2011)


"Software features do not just pop out all of a sudden"
Doesn't compute for Android Fanboy.

posted on 04 Apr 2015, 08:46

15. shuaibhere (Posts: 1983; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


the problem is that photos and chrome and many other apps in stock android are just not good....so if it comes as default many people will get frustrated....that's the reason OEM's built their own alternatives...

posted on 04 Apr 2015, 09:13

19. seven7dust (unregistered)


so how many Oems are better than google in software ?

does oneplus have a multi-million dollar software team , no i’m pretty sure they can’t do better than google chrome. they’ll make worse apps , which don’t offer anything new except lag.

plus you can always download messaging apps , browsers and more from the Play store.

posted on 04 Apr 2015, 11:05

24. waddup121 (unregistered)


True. Its hardly anymore than AOSP to me...and I can probably get a better Custom ROM on a OPO than this.

posted on 04 Apr 2015, 14:45

29. CellieCell (Posts: 118; Member since: 14 Apr 2010)


Agree! From what I can tell is more like oxygen rom. For one plus to take google and tweak it a little does not earn the right to be called an o.s.

posted on 04 Apr 2015, 05:47 3

2. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


That's it? File manager and gesture to open camera? Looks SLIGHTLY more featureless than the CM it had before.

posted on 04 Apr 2015, 05:55 1

4. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Well, besides what you mentioned + the ability to enable on-screen nav bar + some rearranging of the Settings app, that's pretty much it.

posted on 04 Apr 2015, 05:58

5. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Oh I also forgot to mention that they bundled a few new wallpapers as well (can't edit my comments through the mobile version of PhoneArena's website)

posted on 04 Apr 2015, 05:55 2

3. alexsupertramp (unregistered)


OnePlus One was very appealing to me when people said I couldn't have it. Purchased it last September and imported it from USA using parcel forwarding service. Used the phone for exactly 4 months, not a day more..not a day less. got bored as f--k with it. Camera is absolute turd. The screen is very accurately caliberated but if you move from a amoled to OnePlus One it will feel a bit washed out. The phone is performs as it should with the 3 gig RAM and the online community is really helpful. As much as i liked it.. I sold it for a good price when I was in Australia and got myself a Lumia 930. Loving it as for now and excited about WP10.

Won't be looking back to Android for a while as IMHO, lollipop aesthetics are just not too appealing for me.

posted on 04 Apr 2015, 06:07 3

7. HugoBarraCyanogenmod (Posts: 1005; Member since: 06 Jul 2014)


Not to mention without silent mode, new design of lollipop is nothing but confusing

Oxygen OS for the win

posted on 04 Apr 2015, 08:49 1

16. shuaibhere (Posts: 1983; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Lollipop is confusing but Oxygen OS ftw???
what are talking about??this is pretty much stock lollipop with some added features...

posted on 04 Apr 2015, 06:54 2

9. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


That is one of the reasons why casual users aren't really fond of stock Android

posted on 04 Apr 2015, 14:37

28. Doakie (Posts: 1865; Member since: 06 May 2009)


Wow. You yack on and on about how the OnePlus One is boring then leave it on "I bought a Lumia 930 and am sticking with that until Windows 10." MIND BLOWN!!! Windows Phone is boring as ****... You must not like quality apps, or like a good selection of them. If all you want is a good camera and don't care about other smartphone functionality you should carry a nice camera with you in a bag and just get a Lumia 635 for $40... Windows Phone as OS isn't worth more than $40.

Plus you must have had a defective OPO because my OnePlus One camera is the best camera I've ever owned, easily better than my One M7 or Note 3 was. It's like you and me live in totally different dimensions or something.

posted on 06 Apr 2015, 00:33

34. alexsupertramp (unregistered)


"Plus you must have had a defective OPO because my OnePlus One camera is the best camera I've ever owned" ~ ROFL, you clearly never owned a Lumia with pure view and OIS. S u c k on that for a while. My OPO was in prime condition and there was nothing wrong with the camera. It worked like it should..like a POS camera. Couldn't focus even if its life depended on it.

"You must not like quality apps, or like a good selection of them." ~ We really must be in different dimensions as its been more than 2 months and i don't really miss many apps after coming over to Windows Phone. And talking of Quality..there are plenty in WP. get your head out of the place where sun don't shine sweetheart.

BTW, who the hell in right mind can call lollipop a good design. WTH is wrong with these people. people look at all those silly animations and go "MIND=BLOWN". Material design my ---

posted on 04 Apr 2015, 05:58 1

6. uchihakurtz (Posts: 358; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Those better be the tip of the iceberg of OxygenOS cuz damn that's just stock Android with off screen gesture, customizable toggles, and a file manager and it took them that long to get this out??

posted on 04 Apr 2015, 06:54

8. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Nope, that's 3/4 of the iceberg

posted on 04 Apr 2015, 09:48

21. ImQ009 (Posts: 41; Member since: 02 Dec 2012)


No. It's Google certification that took them so long. Or at least so I've heard

posted on 04 Apr 2015, 07:21

10. sadiqahmed (Posts: 71; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)


Release The Kraken!

posted on 04 Apr 2015, 07:59

11. pavsidhu (Posts: 214; Member since: 20 May 2014)


I don't like how there are not that many features but this is how an Android UI should be! Yes they overhyped OxygenOS but they've kept it similar to stock and added useful features unlike Touchwiz or Sense which completely overhauls the brilliance of stock. One-plus isn't as large a company so I don't know what everyone was expecting in a few months. It the future though, I hope One-plus adds similar features.

posted on 04 Apr 2015, 09:43 4

20. dimas (Posts: 1896; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


Ah, humans. Always complaining even if things are for free. It's just a preview, did you ever really think that it's the whole story? What if Oxygen is more on software optimization like stability, battery longevity and not on gimmicks? Too many simpletons.

posted on 04 Apr 2015, 11:52

26. seven7dust (unregistered)


typical nerds everyone, Simply don’t understand the meaning of efficiency
they act like thousands of features and gimmicks make a phone better , they want more and more and more whihc means less optimization.

for the average user , speed, simplicity and consistentcy is what rule ,ask Apple, they became the biggest company in the world becasue they developed optmized software for their phones rather 300 different gimmicky features.

Even samsung has cutback and focussed on optmisation , so has LG ,

now it's oneplus turn to focus on efficiency, it’s a lot better than Cyanogen if you ask me , casue less clutter in settings , easier to use camera App and quick toggles made better.

posted on 04 Apr 2015, 11:50

25. Tondern (Posts: 97; Member since: 23 Feb 2015)


I'm happy for OPO users that they can finally rid their phone of the malware that is CyanogenMod. My guess is that the first iteration of OxygenOS is already leaps and bounds ahead of CM and the margin will only widen.

posted on 04 Apr 2015, 21:49

32. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1491; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


I'd take it over CM anyday. IF Oneplus updates it regularly and release this rom and support older devices. Oneplus could easily steal the spotlight from CM. Wouldn't Oneplus release this rom for other devices?

posted on 04 Apr 2015, 23:11

33. Awesoman64 (Posts: 292; Member since: 18 Mar 2015)


Wow, I am not impressed.

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