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OnePlus and Cyanogen finally call it quits


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OnePlus and Cyanogen are finally calling it a day, after a partnership of almost a year on the OnePlus One smartphone.

Relations between the two companies have been frosty for a while. Last year, Cyanogen signed an exclusive deal with Micromax in India.

This meant that OnePlus couldn’t sell its Cyanogen-powered handsets in the country, which led to the firm developing an in-house operating system, dubbed OxygenOS.

Now, however, Cyanogen wants to drop OnePlus to work with new vendors in the east to help strengthen the brand globally, as reported by PCWorld.

OnePlus shipped reasonable volume, but nothing compared to what some of these other partners can ship,” said Kirt McMaster, the company’s CEO.

“So we are working with partners that can scale much quicker.”

OnePlus infamously attempted to throttle how its sales scaled by using an invite-only retail method.

Unfortunately, this left many would-be customers angry that they couldn’t buy the handset they wanted to.

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McMaster went on to claim that Cyanogen was a big reason for the OnePlus One’s success.

“Without Cyanogen, OnePlus would have sold like one device in international markets,” he explained. “Essentially they built their brand on the back of Cyanogen.”

Cyanogen has confirmed that it will continue to support OnePlus One devices running on its operating system, but the relationship will go no further.

That’s probably the last you will see from that partnership unfortunately,” said Steve Kondik, Cyanogen’s chief technology officer. “Two new companies are trying to do crazy stuff, a lot of people collide.”


April 29, 2015, 2:50 pm

Wow, what an inflated ego Cyanogen has.

OnePlus made an amazing piece of hardware and Cyanogen was good on it.
Most of the bugs that drove people crazy were Cyanogen's fault, not OnePlus'. The exception was the yellow tinted screen thing. One of my friend out of about 20 that bought the phone had it. It went away in 2 weeks as the glue dried but still counts against them.

My Cyanogen 12S OnePlus disconnects from GSM and only gets HSPA+ now instead of LTE. It's also glitched for homescreen settings and thinks I'm using it for the first time every time I reboot it. The app drawer animation also doesn't work for opening but is perfect for closing it.

Cyanogen is definitely not perfect and neither company would have done well without the other. Cyanogen was around for a while and never got mass consumer hold and OnePlus stood out initially because of price for hardware and Cyanogen made the purchase decision easier. AOSP would have been really good too but maybe not as distinctive.

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