Cyanogen Inc. adds yet another clarification regarding OnePlus One units sold in India - no OTA updates

Cyanogen Inc. adds yet another clarification regarding OnePlus One units sold in India - no OTA updates
"Make up your mind, Cyanogen", one would think, as the company's newest blog post pops up to add yet another clarification to the Micromax / OnePlus One / no updates in India drama. But let us start from the beginning.

A couple of months ago, we heard that Cyanogen Inc. has signed a deal with India-based smartphone OEM Micromax – a deal, much like the one it signed with startup OnePlus – to bring a customized version of the acclaimed CyanogenMod to a new series of flagship devices. In the meantime, OnePlus was already moving forward with a plan to release its flagship handset – the CyanogenMod-loaded One – in India, with an availability date set some time this December.

Shortly after this, we learned that the deal between Micromax and Cyanogen is exclusive, and would prohibit the latter to have its software commercially available for other phones in India, which means – no updates for devices that already have it installed. This led OnePlus to announce that, while it will sell its handsets in India with Cyanogen pre-installed, the next update will be based on a home-brewed "stable, fast, and lightweight" ROM.

A week after, Cyanogen replied with what now appears to be somewhat of a misleading blog post, saying that the company is committed to supporting its software, no matter where in the world its users are.

And yes, indeed, you will receive OTA upgrades for your OnePlus One, even if you are in India, but the catch is that the device must be one of the internationally sold units. The India-regional flagship killers will not be getting Cyanogen-made updates – this has been confirmed by the custom ROM maker in its latest blog post and is probably the first time since this ordeal started, when both Cyanogen and OnePlus are on the same page.

So there we go – hopefully, this clears things up. Now, whether this will hurt OnePlus remains to be clear. But it could possibly serve as extra encouragement for the manufacturer to develop its own ROM and ditch CyanogenMod as a software developer for the OnePlus Two, which is expected to arrive some time next year.

source: Cyanogen via Android Community

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1. kabilan.ravi

Posts: 21; Member since: Apr 08, 2013

What a waste!!!! no reason to buy OnePlus One...

2. vincelongman

Posts: 5692; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

But we can't blame OnePlus for Cyanogen's greedy contract with MicroMax Hopefully OnePlus switch to another custom rom for their next phone (and no more silly invite system)

4. Sonar

Posts: 14; Member since: Jul 01, 2014

Why blame OPO for Cyanogen's wrong doing? OPO is still very good value for money and if you only want Cyanogen (though they not 100% stable on most of devices that they support) I am sure you can still have it on bunch of devices.

3. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

They will eventually produce a new ROM. But I think root would be available.

6. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Stock Android ROM would be brilliant.

5. iampun33t

Posts: 136; Member since: Apr 17, 2013

If anyone wants to buy a Oneplus One Global edition in Delhi, India. Please contact me I have a spare. The online selling websites/ online classifieds have started banning posting of ads regarding Oneplus One and Xiaomi etc. I think big brands like Samsung etc have been paying them money to stop the popularity of these brands..!!!

10. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

I am thinking Xiaomi and One Plus themselves might have done this. Because I've seen a lot of people buying xiaomi during the flash sales and then selling at higher prices.

7. sid07desai

Posts: 290; Member since: May 03, 2012

Even though I knew this would happen, I ordered the One last week. Lollipop cm12 roms are available for the One (with a few bugs which will get fixed). My advice is if you know your way around rooting and flashing a rom, then there's no reason to not buy this in India

8. Mfa901

Posts: 291; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

cyanogen mod is over hyped

9. lallolu

Posts: 732; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

I think so too. Stock android with exposed or other apps and a few mods can do what CM does.

11. afraaa

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

where is that guy saied one plus one is more awesome than g3 .. u ppl don't even have a reliable OS services ! come one one plus one ,,.. and again go get it . it's cheap go get it's glory of chines with no services and bugs , because it's cheap . not every cheap thing is good ...learn !

12. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

They announced this after I got my OPO. This is very short-sighted approach from Cyanogen. It's better for OPO to remove Cyanogen as software partner altogether and produce their own ROM and publish their sources so CM community can still support their Device.

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