OnePlus Wants You “Take A Deep Breath” As It Releases OxygenOS
OnePlus has released its much-awaited operating system called OxygenOS. The latest operating system can be downloaded from the company’s website and it needs to be installed manually. OnePlus is not releasing the OxygenOS over-the-air as of yet.
Along with the OS, there is also a feedback app that allows you to submit your feedback directly to the developers of operating system. The company wants you to give it a try and give your feedback so they can improve further according to your needs.
OnePlus used Cyanogenmod for its first smartphone, dubbed as “flagship killer”, the One. Obviously, one of the factors that contributed to OnePlus One’s success was its OS — the Cyanogenmod. However, the company got into a dispute with Cyanogen’s team when another smartphone manufacturer Micromax filed a lawsuit claiming that they had signed a deal with Cyanogen which prohibited anyone else flogging phones with its software on it in South Asia.
The twist to the story was that Cyanogen had also signed a deal with OnePlus allowing the Chinese company to use Cyanogenmod11S on its phones everywhere except China.
So OnePlus decided to clear the air once and for all by developing their own operating system which is now known as OxygenOS. The company has built its phones based on user feedback and it is following the same strategy for its operating system. OnePlus is urging users to provide their feedback on the operating system so they can add only the features that user want and avoid bloatware. The company states in the blog post:
To make sure we’re heading in the right direction, we need your input. On our forums, you’ll find a feedback app that allows you to submit your comments directly to our ROM team. We encourage you to use it; we can build a better OS together.
In first look, the interface of OxygenOS looks quite good on OnePlus One. There is a feature called “Off Screen Gestures” which allows users to perform a gesture over the screen and open a certain app. Another feature shown in the video lets users access quick settings from the drop down menu at home screen. The transition between windows and different components looks different from other operating systems in a good way.
Note that OxygenOS is also a custom ROM which is built over Android and it is not a completely new operating system.
You can head over to oneplus.net/oxygenos where the folks at OnePlus has made an installation guide available for those who are interested to give the operating system a try.