The upcoming OxygenOS has created a buzz around the Globe and this Thursday, OnePlus highlighted more details about it! Featuring the proficient team behind this OS, the company featured latest logo for the OS and announced March as the release month for OnePlus devices during a Reddit AMAA session.
Carl Pei, the Co-founder and Director at OnePlus introduced the team working on OxygenOS. The team featured Helen from Canada as the Head of Mobile Product, Aron from USA as the Android Technical Lead, and Arz from India as the UI/UX designer for the OS. This team has been specifically designed by trained professionals specifically handpicked from the paranoid android community, including the co-founders of popular custom ROM. Apart from the named members, OnePlus also has more than 50 trained engineers and testers working with the team progressively. Their knowledge and expertise is extremely essential for retaining performance and functionality of the OS.
The new team behind the OxygenOS headed to Reddit for an “Ask US Anything session”! During this session, many things about the new OS were discussed. But, the most important question was concerned with its release date. To this question, Helen replied “Next Month”, but the answer received a joking reply from Pei, who said, “What Really?”
It’s also worth noting that, OnePlus One users will be unable to upgrade their CM11S or CM12S-build smartphones via OTA update. In order to upgrade, they have to download and flash the ROM, which appears more complicated than regular upgrade methods. Upcoming devices will feature the OS out of the box!
OnePlus laid great amount of stress on keeping OxygenOS simple, clean and easy-to-use. They mentioned that the OS will not be shipped with any kind of bloatware, and is kept clean and streamlined for optimum performance. Since battery life and system efficiency are extremely important, a lightweight and essential experience has been designed for best results!
Along with this, questions about android 5.1 build release for OnePlus One were asked, and to this, Helen replied, “We plan on releasing, the first Oxygen build based on Android 5.0.2 after that we will see, but we plan on supporting the One for at least another year.” Therefore, if you’re planning to see regular upgrades, you can definitely expect something from OnePlus!
Customizations and openness of the operating system were two features of the Cyanogen OS. But, one of the members mentioned that, things seem to change with the OxygenOS! Replying to a question from Redditor, “Helen mentioned that their production release will not be a community build. It will be a real OS, and they’ll open source the kernel for sure!”
Statement from Helen gives an important clarification that instead of being community build, the OS would be company managed. The founder of CyanogenMod, Steve Kondik reacted to the idea of “Real OS” by commenting, “You can love CM or you can hate us, but we have no plans of taking our toys and going home. The vibrant, active developer community around CM, its forks, and even the “anti-CM” ROMs is where the action is.” OxygenOS team has certainly raised a number of questions about openness of the OnePlus OS. Android Police commented,” It sounds like OnePlus is going for a more closed approach akin to HTC Sense or TouchWiz.” However, the team at AMAA clarified that Oxygen OS will be closer to stock and will not be something like MIUI!
The next worth-noting element is the absence of in-built option to root the smartphone! You cannot root your smartphone, but there will a feature of custom recovery to flash other ROMs without any trouble. In addition to this, Helen mentioned that google camera will be shipped as the default camera option. But, it will not prevent anyone to download other camera apps from the Store! V2 release will bring an excellent camera app with great features!
Commenting about the efficiency of new OS, Pei mentioned, “OxygenOS is built with the same focus on quality and community-driven design that you’ve come to expect from our hardware, and the simplicity of our new logo extends to the software itself. We promise that any additional features will be non-obtrusive and extremely useful (tap-to-wake and customizable navigation buttons, for example). With OxygenOS, we want to build something that works for users and gets out of their way. And, that’s exactly what we are doing.”
Pei also explained the delay in rolling out the new OS by saying, “There are various certifications that must be completed before releasing a Lollipop-based ROM, and this takes some time. We’ve decided to move forward with a fully-stable build, which is currently in the testing phase.” Therefore, it’s clear that OnePlus will get a perfectly designed upgrade, but they have to keep their patience!