OnePlus And Micromax Fight Over CyanogenMod In A Lawsuit
India is attracting big smartphone manufacturers towards its emerging market, but the country is also experiencing more complications. In previous weeks, Ericsson filed a lawsuit in New Delhi against Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi in which the company claimed that Xiaomi has been violating its patents.
Just when the news has settled a little bit, we came to know that Micromax has filed a lawsuit against OnePlus Technology over issues related to CyanogenMod.
Micromax – an Indian phone giant which is also a partner of Google in its Android One program – filed a complaint against OnePlus, stopping it from selling its line of phones running Cyanogen software. Cyanogen software is an open-source custom ROM that is popular for offering more customization features over stock Android.
OnePlus offers a version of its One phone that comes with CyanogenMod 11S, which is also considered to be one of the reasons of OnePlus One’s popularity.
Apparently, Micromax has an exclusive deal with Cyanogen that prohibits anyone else from flogging phones with its software on it in South Asia.
But here’s the twist. OnePlus had also signed a non-exclusive global licensing deal with Cyanogen back in January 2014. The deal allowed OnePlus to use CyanogenMod 11S and its logo on the back of the OnePlus One phone in all regions except China. So they had the right to sell the international version of OnePlus One in India that runs CyanogenMod 11S.
On the surface, it is Cyanogen’s fault because they signed confusing deals with two different companies. Indian courts also believe the same and they are critical of Cyanogen for signing confusing and contradictory agreements.
Delhi High Court has banned OnePlus from shipping more of its units. However, they are allowed to sell the stock currently available on Amazon.
“Your client [Cyanogen] did not show fairness to either Micromax or Shenzhen. If this is how you want to proceed, that is wrong,” said the court to US-based company’s legal counsel.
There are more complications in this case than you think. OnePlus has struck back claiming that the version of Cyanogen’s software their famous One runs — CyanogenMod 11S — is different from the one Micromax has been using. OnePlus also notes that this was not brought to the notice of the judge who had ruled on the case.
The case is on-going and the companies have not found common grounds yet. But as a result of all of what has happened so far, OnePlus One Indian handset will not be receiving any further software updates. On the other hand, Micromax’s Yureka will be receiving updates from Cyanogen as promised.
Cynaogen claims that Micromax’s agreement supersedes the one with OnePlus.