OnePlus releases OxygenOS



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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34 Comments

1. Anterv

Posts: 178; Member since: Jul 09, 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.

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.

13. Jason2k13

Posts: 1462; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

so what do you have to say about samsung?

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.

14. Anterv

Posts: 178; Member since: Jul 09, 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.

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.

22. Ashoaib

Posts: 3291; Member since: Nov 15, 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

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.

27. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

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

30. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 576; Member since: Apr 30, 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.

31. MySchizoBuddy

Posts: 159; Member since: Aug 23, 2011

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

15. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 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...

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.

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.

29. CellieCell

Posts: 151; Member since: Apr 14, 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.

2. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

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

4. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 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.

5. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 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)

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.

7. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Not to mention without silent mode, new design of lollipop is nothing but confusing Oxygen OS for the win

16. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

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

9. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

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

28. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 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.

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 ---

6. uchihakurtz

Posts: 427; Member since: Nov 12, 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??

8. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Nope, that's 3/4 of the iceberg

21. ImQ009

Posts: 41; Member since: Dec 02, 2012

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

10. sadiqahmed

Posts: 71; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

Release The Kraken!

11. pavsidhu

Posts: 214; Member since: May 20, 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.

20. dimas

Posts: 3374; Member since: Jul 22, 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.

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