OnePlus to get rid of the infamous invite system this October, a pre-order one to take its place

The manufacturer behind the so-called “flagship killer” of 2014, OnePlus, just held an AMA (ask me anything) session on Reddit, in which revealed that it will be getting rid of its invite system for the OnePlus One sometime in October, 2014. It will be replaced with a pre-order system. Initially, the manufacturer had intended to do the switch in September, but yet again, an unfortunate series of unknown events has delayed the launch of the pre-order modus operandi. However, by the time the invite system is gone, there will be far more formidable rivals on the top-end Android market, which might put OnePlus in a hapless stalemate.

Apart from settling for no invite system in the future, OnePlus also revealed that the implementation of the Voice Wake-up feature to the OnePlus One, which is based on Qualcomm's wake-up technology and was promised to land on the device several months ago, is being delayed by “technical issues with the initial recordings”. Said feature will most probably arrive after another month or so. Bummer.

Unsurprisingly, in a typical OnePlus fashion, the startup decided to hold yet another a contest in the AMA session and promised to give away a hundred invites to the users who reply to a certain post. Fortunately, this one did not cause any negative backlash, which was the case with a number of previous OnePlus' stunts.

source: Reddit via Android Authority

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1. Takeharu

Posts: 288; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Great, only problem is that by then nobody cares anymore!!!

10. deacz

Posts: 162; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

been given 2 invites from the forum allrdy, still not interested. to late and not a flagship anymore

14. Adrian38

Posts: 142; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

How is it not a flagship anymore? It's STILL one of the best flagships.

34. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Yeah, pre-orders start in September, next wave of more powerful flagships starts shipping to stores in September. Even if they had started right now, it'd still be too late since people might as well wait a couple of weeks or days to see what other companies have in store instead of this unknown chinese startup that only has price going for it.

40. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

WOW!!! You really never settle for marketing B.S. !! You really think that anyone will still care ? A lot has coming this fall and flagship devices from months behind will dropped the price. So why would we settle with opo whereas we can have the same price to an established phone maker that has worldwide after sales service.

42. zachattack

Posts: 621; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

Too much ignorance in this thread man, just let it go, it can't be fought :(

2. imkyle

Posts: 1116; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Pre orders should have happened after the first invites were over with.

19. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Agreed 100%. I was all over the idea of this, then after all the crap games, I lost interest completely.

3. Kuroki

Posts: 183; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

i would have bought the Xperia Z3 by then.

9. boules

Posts: 12; Member since: Oct 06, 2012

OK, and you will still pay double

4. cocote177

Posts: 21; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

I'll stick with the Nexus line, whish would be released at the same time...

5. Cha7520

Posts: 222; Member since: Oct 31, 2010

Too late! GAME OVER!

15. aksa123

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

True that, the momentuh has gone.

6. magnum44 unregistered

Yes the novelty has totally worn off and the urge to buy completely subsided. Note 4 and that 5.5 incher iPhone 6 all the rage now

7. damokles unregistered

Is this a dream or just fantasy?

29. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Just the final deception, i.e. how OnePlus will steal a lot of money from people before disappearing.

31. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

That is exactly how it will be viewed if MS acquires CM.

33. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

If MS acquires CM, it will only cement the fact that WP is a complete and utter failure. This is turn will cause many to question the value proposition of Windows in general (as Microsoft has tied everything together). And why Microsoft spent $10B+ on their Nokia experiment and another $8-12B on WP. I'd love to see the Microsoft monopoly on the desktop and Office apps crumble in my lifetime. The more dumb things Microsoft does in mobile, the greater the chance they will fail to hold onto their monopolies.

35. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Gah. I'd rather have Microsoft Office be the staple of corporate America. What is the other option iWork? That would require everyone to own Apple products because they don't make software for competitors, they're under the full intent to lock you into their ecosystem.... On my personal laptop I use Libre Office and Office Online (being that is free) if the file I'm trying to open loses format. But I'd rather Microsoft stayed in control than someone else. Also what other option do you have for the current Microsoft desktop monopoly? Again Apple who charges WAY too much for their hardware. Or open source Operating Systems which never can really get a foothold. Pretty much your only alternative is Apple junk.

38. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Personally, I'd much rather use open formats and open source tools that don't steal your data (as Microsoft Office does by default). At my work, we use Microsoft Office 2013 and I would love to dump this crap into the trash bin where it belongs. It has barely evolved in decades and in many ways works worse than earlier versions. The UI is terrible compared to Office 2010, IMO. It has bugs like nothing else. It spies on you and steals your documents. It's slow and thinks it needs to connect to the Internet for basic functionality. Basically, it is just a pile of junk.

8. clayton

Posts: 17; Member since: Jun 15, 2012

Thanks but no thanks. The invite system was a bad marketing strategy in the first place. Some of us anticipated the phone for a very long time only to be hit with that invite nonsense. It's good though that they have finally seen some sense. But I have already bought the Note 3, and am really happy with it.

11. clayton

Posts: 17; Member since: Jun 15, 2012

....why do I have to wait for you to invite me before I can buy your product with my own hard-earned money. The biggest JOKE of the century.

12. na7noo7

Posts: 278; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

Sorry, this phone died out quickly with the Mi4.

13. Amw86

Posts: 44; Member since: Oct 14, 2013

too late

16. Antimio

Posts: 313; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

why did you removed the "GNow VS Siri VS Cortana" article?

17. zinger69

Posts: 86; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

While I like the phone and of course the price. I'm so over begging for invites. I went on the their forum site to look for one and it's total chaos over there. It's like a bunch of crackheads begging for their next hit.

18. OldNorseBruin

Posts: 235; Member since: Mar 12, 2013

Too late Morons: I shall INVITE myself to buy the NEXUS X!

20. jibraihimi

Posts: 816; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

They already missed the bus, with so much negative publicity, i doubt if anybody has any interest in this phone.......... They should have done this from beginning...........

21. Limbopope

Posts: 63; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

I have great interest in it. I stopped complaining...took part in their forums for 8 days, got the invite, typing this reply on the OnePlus One. The great achievement of OnePlus in case the world didn't already know is that the most vocal people on internet reply columns are negative.

22. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Get rid of the pissy yellow band at the bottom, dead pixels, and other hardware/software bugs, and maybe I'll be interested again. I can only hope that the person I passed my invite along to didn't receive a bum unit. I still want a phablet. Nexus Shamu is the most likely candidate.

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