OnePlus teased its OxygenOS custom Android ROM late last month, and now the company has come out with a few more interesting details about how it’s being made and what the company’s goals are for it. Specifically, OnePlus today revealed that it’s bringing on several people from the Paranoid Android team, including co-founders of the project Aaron Gascoigne and Jesús David Gulfo Agudelo.
Oh, and the ROM is scheduled for release “next month.”
Our team has some of the most talented industrial designers and mechanical engineers in the world, but developing a ROM requires an entirely new skill set. We needed to find people not only with great technical ability but also unique perspectives and insights on how to improve our users’ software experience. Through our strong connection with the Android developer community, we’ve come to know several talented engineers who have a background in creating a pure, user-driven experience.
The team took to Reddit this morning to answer a few of the community’s questions about the ROM and, of course, the top-voted question was “When is the OxygenOS release date?” According to Helen from the OnePlus ROM team, OxygenOS is scheduled for release “Next month.” Carl Pei, co-founder of OnePlus, jokingly replied “What, really?”
Another Redditor asked if OnePlus One users are going to get the OS via an OTA update, or if they’ll have to install it themselves. Carl Pei answered, saying “For the OnePlus One, it will likely not be an OTA, but rather a choice for users who want to try something new and are willing to flash it themselves.” This makes it sound like there is another device (maybe the previously confirmed OnePlus 2?) that will indeed be getting OxygenOS by default. But it looks like for OnePlus One users, only the adventurous enough to flash the ROM themselves will get OxygenOS goodness.
The company says that the OS will not have any bloatware, and that the team is focusing on a clean and streamlined experience to make sure it performs up to par:
As we’ve promised before, OxygenOS will not ship with any bloatware. We’re keeping it clean and streamlined for performance. We value things like battery life and system efficiency, so we’ve remained true to our ROM’s namesake and created a seamless experience that is lightweight and essential.
This is pretty interesting considering that OnePlus recently teamed up with both MaxxAudio and SwiftKey to add both pieces of software to the latest build of CyanogenMod for the OnePlus One.