OnePlus has finally come around to releasing Oxygen OS, its custom take on Google’s Android 5.0 Lollipop software.
The company has apparently followed a ‘back to basics’ approach when building Oxygen OS, keeping much of the software in its stock form, unless it feels something genuinely needs to be changed.
For now, OnePlus isn’t offering any wholly new features with Oxygen OS – there is gesture draw function that can be programmed to trigger functions when the screen is off, the ability to switch between hardware and software keys and the option to customize the quick settings menu.
Currently, updating the OnePlus One to run Oxygen OS is far from straightforward, and not for the faint hearted. The only route to do so is via installing the ROM manually, which includes accessing the boot loader and some other steps that will appeal only to Android tinkerers.
“Please proceed only if you are confident in your abilities to flash a custom ROM”
[With a warning such as this, it’s pretty obvious that you’re on your own].
The Oxygen OS update is especially important for OnePlus One users in India since the device will not receive official support from Cyanogen. The exclusive deal between Micromax and Cyanogen ensured that the software made by the latter company is locked to the YU smartphones, meaning OnePlus users were out of luck.
Further, early adopters are bound to run into minor bugs which could serve as an inconvenience, but we’ll have more details on that once our review of the Oxygen OS is out.
If you still want to go ahead and update your OnePlus One to run the new Oxygen OS, you can follow the company’s step-by-step guide. However, it should be mentioned that installing the Oxygen OS on a device requires a complete memory wipe, so backing up all data is of utmost importance.