The hotly anticipated OnePlus One is almost here, but, Micromax has delivered quite a blow to the upcoming flagship. According to a partnership agreement between Cyanogen and Micromax, the latter has been granted exclusive rights to the Cyanogen system in the country.
According to an official announcement on OnePlus blogs, the company is now developing a Lollipop flavor of the smartphone which will become available in February. Till then, the OnePlus One will ship with CyanogenMod by default but with no official software support.
According to Vikas Agrawal, GM of OnePlus India, the OnePlus One will launch on schedule the beta (community version) of it’s own OS being available in December and the stable version in February.
OnePlus one is a self proclaimed “flagship killer”, giving hardcore specs at rock-bottom prices.
The full press release by Micromax, acknowledging the deal can be read below:
Cyanogen Inc. announces exclusive mobile partnership in India with Micromax
Palo Alto, Calif. – 27th November, 2014 – Cyanogen Inc, a leading mobile OS company, has announced an exclusive partnership in India with Micromax Informatics, the largest Indian mobile brand. The arrangement highlights the significance of the software-hardware partnership and the shared vision of delivering a whole new class of user-focused mobile device experiences that will immensely benefit the end user. Micromax has announced a new Internet brand YU, which is slated to announce its first device on Cyanogen OS. Cyanogen’s exclusive deal also means that Cyanogen OS will not support any other devices shipping in India with future updates including Lollipop. The first device from YU slated to be announced in December will also be the first to launch with Cyanogen’s new Themes app, supported by a powerful theming engine that will enable deep levels of UI personalization, andNextbit’s Baton, a revolutionary cloud-syncing app service. As part of the strategic relationship, Cyanogen Inc. and Micromax are building a game changing experience for Indian consumers and tech enthusiast.
The only loophole that can be found is that OnePlus devices can ship with CyanogenMod pre-installed but Cyanogen will not provide any support for it. The OnePlus One is supposed to launch in India on December 2, meaning it is only 4 days away.
Read the OnePlus letter on the official blog here.