Yesterday, the Chinese startup, OnePlus posted a very interesting teaser on their Chinese Weibo account. If you missed it, the teaser was simply an image of the periodic table along with their now infamous tagline “Never Settle”. Along with the image, OnePlus asked its fans to check back tomorrow to find out what was going on. This immediately sent the rumor mill into overdrive. A number of reports were beginning to suggest that a new back cover for the device might be about to land. Possibly, one made out of metal or something. Following on from this, the company sent out a Google+ post earlier today with another teaser saying “Back to Basics”.
Well, the time has come and we have just heard the teaser had nothing to do with a case at all. In fact, it seems the the teaser was about their new self-built OS. As you will know, OnePlus One’s come with Cyanogen, but due to an issue they had with releasing their device in India, OnePlus and Cyanogen had a bit of a falling out. Since then, it has become clear that going forward, OnePlus devices were becoming less likely to be running Cyanogen. This seemed even more apparent, when we reported a couple of days ago about OnePlus Ones turning up in the U.S. without Cyanogen branding on them.
In terms of today’s news, OnePlus are just confirming the introduction of their first full and finished operating system. The big headline will be the name of the OS. If you remember, OnePlus launched a competition awhile back asking users to suggest a name and it looks the name they have opted for is ‘Oxygen OS’. This is where the teaser from this morning’s periodic table comes in. According to OnePlus “Oxygen is all around us. It’s part of us and everything we do. It creates the water that carves out valleys and moves mountains. By itself, it’s simple and pure—a fundamental building block. But, as a part of something greater, it can do amazing things. Just like us“. So there you go. The new OnePlus operating system is here. What do you think of Oxygen OS? Let us know.