OnePlus’s New Year gift to its users is an Android 5.0 Lollipop based custom ROM, the alpha version of which was released on Wednesday. The custom ROM that has been in development for some time currently provides a stock-Android experience to users, but it will eventually be customizable.
While the Chinese company has not added any extras in the basic features of the AOSP Lollipop, it will continue to improve and stabilize core functionalities on the latest firmware updates.
“As we look towards the official ROM release in the near future, we will keep to our promise and deliver an experience that is customizable, yet bloat-free with stock-Android-like simplicity by default; we would not ask you to settle for anything less. In the meantime, we thought you’d appreciate an early community preview and a progress report,” a post on OnePlus’ website reads.
If you want to flash OnePlus’ ROM on your device, you need to have TWRP recovery installed. You need to be extra careful since this is an alpha build with limited testing. The experience is best when you have GMS (Google Mobile Services) installed. If you have GApps package, you can install it after you flash the ROM to have access to all the google services.
This build does not have a built-in recovery so if you do a clean wipe, you may have to reflash TWRP onto your device.
Some of the issues that you might face with this build include unstable camera and video. While the custom ROM supports 4k video, its quality may not be up to the mark. There are also some issues with the capacitive keys, clock and booting of the device.