OnePlus is hard at work producing its own custom Android ROM, ready for use on its current and future smartphones, and recently asked its many loyal fans for suggestions on the name. It has been announced the new software will be called OxygenOS. Confirmed in a dedicated blog post on its official forums, we’re told more information will be released on February 12.
The OnePlus One launched with CyanogenMod installed, a popular modified version of Android, which served it well until the company branched out into India. A pre-existing and reportedly exclusive deal between Cyanogen and local manufacturer Micromax saw OnePlus banned from selling the One in India.
This undoubtably prompted the company to accelerate development of OxygenOS. We don’t know much about it at this stage, but it promises to be “open, customizable, and free of bloat and unnecessary features.” It’s not clear whether there will be more than one version of Oxygen either, or if CyanogenMod will be abandoned entirely. In the past, CEO Pete Lau has been quoted as saying the in-house ROM is destined for phones in China, and international models will use an unnamed alternative.
In addition to OxygenOS, OnePlus has one, possibly two, new smartphones to launch in 2015. A direct sequel to the OnePlus One is almost certain, and again is likely to be reasonably priced and highly specced. Co-founder Carl Pei has hinted a second phone which emphasizes design over specifications is also being worked on.
We’ll learn more about OxygenOS on February 12, but the company hasn’t explicitly stated whether it’ll release the software on that day, or when it’ll be made available to existing OnePlus One owners.