Cyanogen Ends OnePlus Partnership, Now Seeking Tie-Ups With Other Vendors
Everyone out there would be surprised to know that Cyanogen has decide to end its partnership with OnePlus. At the Global Mobile Internet Conference in Beijing, Kirt McMaster, the CEO of Cyanogen said that, “Without Cyanogen, OnePlus would have sold like one device in international markets. Essentially they built their brand on the back of Cyanogen.”
This statement from the CEO was a clear indication about the end of the partnership. Kirt was not happy to end it up, but he did wish OnePlus the best for the upcoming releases.
The Chief Technology Officer of Cyanogen, Steve Kondik, said that, “The two companies ultimately had different goals for its software and, as a result, there were collisions between personal as the two attempted to proceed with their own visions.” He further added that, “That’s probably the last you will see from that partnership, unfortunately.”
There are around 100 smartphone companies in China which include small and large ones. And Cyanogen is aiming to work with few of those to scale at much quicker pace. However, as of now, there is no such confirmation about Cyanogen working with other Chinese manufacturers. It doesn’t matter who’s going to partner them but with this, the Chinese brands will surely boost their presence all over the world. On this note, Kirt said that, “It’s a great way for them to build some identity outside of China using a brand that’s already reasonably well known.”
OnePlus One’s OS and Its Controversies in India:
OnePlus has been designing its own Android based OS since few months and it released OxygenOS at the start of April for OnePlus One users. And that’s one of the reasons why this partnership came to an end. There were many controversies when OnePlus One was launched in India. Right from OnePlus One ban in India to the Cyanogen being unfair for both OnePlus and Micromax,. Even with all the controversies, OnePlus One sold quite well in India. In first couple of months since launch in India, they were able to sell sixty to sixty five thousand units in India
What About OnePlus One Users with Cyanogen OS?
The users who have already received the CM12s Lollipop update for OnePlus One phones would be worried that what’s next if the partnership ends. Will the Cyanogen provide support for the OS which is already installed in lakhs of OnePlus One phones? There’s no need to worry because Cyanogen will be providing the support to the users who have already installed their latest OS.
It would be interesting to see whether and how the new users will adopt OxygenOS in the upcoming OnePlus smartphones or will they shift their choice to new newer brands giving Cyanogen OS.
What’s your choice?