Last month, Carl from OnePlus released a statement lamenting the fact that Cyanogen, Inc. granted exclusivity rights to another manufacturer for sales inside India. Cyanogen is committed to releasing its OS for Micromax on their Yu branded handsets. This came shortly before the December 2nd OnePlus One launch in India. According to Carl “…OnePlus and Cyanogen have successfully cooperated to release the OnePlus One or carry out commercial operations in 17 countries and regions (including India). It is truly unfortunate that a commitment we both made to our Indian users will now not be upheld.” Naturally, anyone that purchased a OnePlus One in India would be a bit confused by the latest news from the Cyanogen camp.
A recent blog post, Cyanogen attempted to clarify to their Indian OnePlus One users, that their “global devices” will continue to receive their firmware updates. This will only be for devices purchased from channels outside of India. Cyanogen confirmed this by stating “…this excludes OnePlus One regional devices sold directly in India.” OnePlus has a plan B, it seems. Internally, they have been setting up a team developing their own brand of Android based on 5.0 Lollipop. The team at OnePlus intends to not stray from material design and to keep their version of Android lean, with no unnecessary bloatware. When their community build is ready for production, support for the OnePlus One will continue for 2 years.