OnePlus Partners With Hungama To Offer Free Music And Movies To Its Users

OnePlus in association with Hungama will now let all its users avail entertainment content worth Rs 3,599 from Hungama.

The offer is not only available for all OnePlus One, OnePlus 2 and OnePlus X users but will also be applicable to all the devices which will be sold in future too.

Users can download 100 songs every month (each song is worth Rs 10) onto their phones for a total period of three months. These downloads have a lifetime validity and songs can be used across multiple devices such as tablets, PCs and so on.

In addition to the above, OnePlus users also get Rs 599 worth of unlimited movie streaming for three months through Hungama Play app.

To avail the offer, users can signup for the offer, following which Hungama will send a coupon code individually to the OnePlus user.

Siddhartha Roy, Hungama, said, “We are delighted to partner with OnePlus and bring our music and movie destinations ‘Hungama Music’ & ‘Hungama Play’  for their users. As part of this offer the OnePlus consumer will get access to a music service having a massive catalogue of 3.5 million music tracks to choose from and access to an amazing offering of premium movies through Hungama Play. This association is another one of our many efforts to bring great entertainment experiences to consumers at their fingertip.”

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OnePlus To Narrowly Miss 1 Million Sales Mark In India, Expects Higher Sales In 2016

Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus will miss its target of selling 1 million devices in India in 2015, even though India accounts for more than a third of the company’s annual sales, reports Reuters.

The company’s high-end mid-range phones received record sales, but supply chain issues have limited the company’s ability to claim a bigger share in the Indian smartphone market.

“In the initial two months, we weren’t able to get stock, due to which we lost almost 6-8 weeks of sales,” said Vikas Agarwal, General Manager, One Plus India to Reuters.

OnePlus phones are priced at less than half the price of top-end devices manufactured by Apple and Samsung. Its OnePlus 2 range, which was launched in July, received more than 5 million registrations globally.

No of OnePlus 2 devices requested in just 3 days of its launch

Foxconn India Deal Expected To Boost Sales Next Year

Aiming to boost local sales, the company signed a deal with Foxconn India in October to manufacture phones in the country—just like its competitors Gionee and Xiaomi. The Foxconn agreement allows for a peak production capacity of 500,000 phones per month.

But OnePlus plans to sell the locally manufactured phones in India by the end of this year, due to delays in receiving mandatory certifications. OnePlus will have an upper-hand over its competitors by manufacturing devices in India as import taxes will be annulled

“Phones made at the Foxconn facility in SriCity, a special economic zone near the southern Indian city of Chennai, are now expected to go on sale by mid-to-late January,” added Agarwal.

OnePlus recently announced that its OnePlus 2 devices will be available for sale on Amazon India without their traditional invite format, ‘forever’.

The invite-free model for OnePlus 2 is one of the few strategies that the company has introduced in order to boost thier brand image. It recently announced the availability of signature sandstone cases for iPhone 6 and 6s users.

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OnePlus 2 Is Now Available ‘Invite-Free’ Forever On Amazon India

The OnePlus 2 will be available for sale on Amazon India without their traditional invite format, ‘forever’. The invite-free model for OnePlus 2 is one of the few strategies that the company has introduced in order to boost their brand image.

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No of OnePlus 2 devices requested in just 3 days

Last week, the company announced the availability of signature sandstone cases for iPhone 6 and 6s users. The handset maker said that the sandstone-build is something that “people have come to equate with OnePlus”.

Over a million people requested an invite to lay their hands on OnePlus 2, after its launch worldwide. The company put a small batch of 30,000 units up for sale online in China, without an invite system—they sold out all the 30k devices in just 64 seconds.

The new move might boost the sales of the OnePlus 2 just before the ending of this fiscal year; the company reportedly posted a $300 million revenue in 2014. Both OnePlus One and 2 is expected to receive Android M updates via Cyanogen OS in the first quarter of 2016.

OnePlus Confirms That Its Type-C Cables Are ‘Not Safe For Use’ With Other Devices

OnePlus has issued a statement through their discussion forum stating that their Type-C cable and the USB Type-C adapter may not be “fully compatible with third-party devices” due to an internal resistor issue.

But, the cables/adapters shipped with the original box are safe for use with OnePlus 2, noted the statement.

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“If you’re charging or transferring data to or from the OnePlus 2, you should have no problems using the cable that shipped with your OnePlus 2 or the cables or adapters you bought separately on OnePlus.net,” stated, OnePlus Co-founder Carl Pei.

OnePlus’ cable and adapter uses a low-powered resistor (10k); but the Type-C standard specifies a higher 56k resistor.

The cable and the adapter is designed to draw up to 2 amps of power; but the resistor could allow fast-charging devices(third-party) to draw more power than usual, causing a short-circuit.

The announcement came today after the issue was first noted by a Google engineer through his post in a G+ forum. Below is an overview explaining the compatibility:

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Stand-alone Type-C Devices To Be Refunded

Customers who have purchased the Type-C cable/adapter to use with devices other than a OnePlus 2 will be getting an exclusive refund from the company.But, the cables included with the OnePlus 2 box are not eligible for a refund. The refund service will be provided until December 31, 2015.

“In the meantime, our team has already begun developing improved Type-C cables and adapters with 56k resistors,” sates Carl in his post

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OnePlus Phones To Get Marshmallow Update By Q1 2016, OnePlus X Will Get A delayed Update

Both OnePlus One and 2 will receive Android M updates via Cyanogen OS in the first quarter of 2016. Meanwhile, a community build version of OxygenOS for Oneplus One is also expected to feature sooner.

OnePlus 2 users will additionally receive the new standard Marshmallow API for the fingerprint Sensor.

Oxygen OS will not receive any API support for the fingerprint sensor as OnePlus will soon implement Android M in all devices. But OnePlus has promised to roll out Android M for OxygenOS sooner.

The road seems to be dim for OnePlus X as the smartphone-maker is still working on “possible updates in a later time frame”.

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Google Engineer Flags Off OnePlus’ USB Type-C Cable As Unsafe, Warns Nexus And Pixel Users

OnePlus’ $7 USB Type-C cable has been flagged off as ‘not safe for use’ with Google’s Chromebook Pixel, Nexus 6P, and Nexus 5X by a Google Engineer.

Benson Leung says in a G+ post that the corners have been cut to achieve low price; he also adds that the cable does not have the correct identifier sensor— a component designed to inform devices what kind of cable they are connected to.

This means that the $7 OnePlus cable doesn’t fully adapt the USB Type-C specifications. The standard is still catching up adaption in the market, while Google and OnePlus have begun to roll-out the standard in their phones recently.

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The cable could damage hubs, USB ports or phones by delivering an incorrect amount of voltage, leading to a fire, claims Leung.

“It should not be used with any device that supports quick charging functionality as these batteries are designed to draw progressively less current as they near full charge, creating the trickle effect after very rapidly charging to around 80%,” explains Leung

The “riskiest state” according to Leung is when a phone with a quick-charge feature is plugged for charge using a OnePlus cable. “The phone would request a high amount of current but the cable would not necessarily process it correctly, causing the charger to draw an incorrect amount of voltage. Both effects combined could damage all the connected devices”

However, the cable would run perfectly on a OnePlus device, since it doesn’t support fast-charging.

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OnePlus X To Hit Indian Stores In November With A Limited Ceramic-built Edition

OnePlus today announced the launch of ‘OnePlus X’ which features a 5” OLED Full-HD display ( 44ppi resolution). The new device comes in two separate editions–one built with an onyx black glassware and the other is a limited edition phone built using ceramic.

The phone features on-screen gestures, an enhanced file manager, and custom quick settings. An in-built proximity sensor wakes the screen whenever the OnePlus X is brought out of a pocket or bag.

The OnePlus X Onyx will be exclusively available on Amazon.in with an invite starting November 05 at INR 16,999. The limited Ceramic edition will be available with a Ceramic-specific invite starting November 24 at INR 22,999.

“We love a rich smartphone experience driven by value, choice and individuality. With the OnePlus X, we are proud to rediscover the art of craftsmanship and offer a balance between stylish design and flagship-grade performance. We are also pleased to announce that it will be our first locally manufactured smartphone,” says Vikas Agarwal, General Manager – India, OnePlus

Specifications:

Camera:
13MP rear camera; 8MP front-facing camera combined with an aperture of f/2.2, along with a lightning-fast 0.2-second autofocus with phase detection autofocus (PDAF)—their fastest yet

Processor Speed, RAM And Memory:
OnePlus X has a Snapdragon 801 processor with Adreno 330 GPU and 3GB of RAM.

OnePlus Will Manufacture Its Smartphones In India

OnePlus has announced its plans for local production of its smartphones in India through contract manufacturing at ‘Foxconn’s Rising Stars factory’ within the Sri City Integrated Business City in the state of Andhra Pradesh by end of 2015.

Pete Lau, Founder & CEO, OnePlus said, “India being one of our biggest markets worldwide, we are committed to a long term sustainable growth path. This move will strengthen our presence and help us step up momentum in India.”

Local production of OnePlus’ upcoming devices will start at the 30,000 sq. ft. facility which will have a cumulative peak capacity of producing up to 500,000 units per month.

The facility will also generate direct employment of over 1000 full time workers.

OnePlus Partners With Ola To Let You Experience The OnePlus 2

OnePlus has partnered with Ola to provide fans of its recently launched OnePlus 2 smartphone a chance to experience the device right at their doorsteps.

The promotion will run across Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai and Kolkata this month with users being able to request for the OnePlus 2 experience via the Ola app.

All you have to do is hit the OnePlus 2 icon that will go live on the Ola app during these days. A few lucky users will even be able to score OnePlus 2 invites.

You can experience the OnePlus 2 via the Ola app in Bangalore and Chennai on 17 and 18 Aug, in Mumbai and Hyderabad on 21 and 22 Aug and in Kolkata and Delhi on 25 and 26 Aug.

Just last month, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi partnered with ride hailing app Uber for the on-demand delivery of the Mi Note smartphone in Singapore and Malaysia.

Ola and OnePlus had previously partnered to give away free OnePlus One smartphones to users of the former’s Ola Auto service.

OnePlus Aims To Sell 1mn Devices In India By Year-End

Hot on the media trail just hours after launching its 2015 flagship killer OnePlus 2 smartphone, Chinese manufacturer OnePlus has said that it aims to sell 1 million devices in India over the next five months.

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The OnePlus 2 (64GB) will go on sale in India on August 11 for Rs 24,999; roughly half of what the entry-level iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6 cost at launch. The device will be exclusive to Amazon India and will sell via invites only.

India is already OnePlus’ fourth largest global market after China, USA and Europe. Vikas Agarwal, GM of OnePlus India was quoted by PTI saying that the company expects to sell 1 million units of the OnePlus One and OnePlus 2 in India by December.

The company will continue to sell the OnePlus One alongside its replacement, albeit at a lower cost and without an invite system. So far, about 2.5 lakh units of the OnePlus One have been sold in India since the device’s launch last December.

Global smartphone manufacturers are quickly ramping up their India operations in order to ride the wave of growth. Apple is apparently setting up 500 authorized stores across the country after it witnessed a 93% y-o-y increase in sales during Q2 CY15.

OnePlus 2 Priced At Rs 24,999 (64GB); Available From August 11 Via Amazon

OnePlus has finally launched the highly anticipated OnePlus 2 smartphone via its gimmicky virtual reality event which will be available via invite on August 11.
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The device will arrive in two variants, a 16GB model with 3GB of RAM and a 64GB variant with 4GB of RAM- the former will be made available sometime after August 11.

The OnePlus 2 features a 5.5-inch FHD (1080p) display, 3300mAh battery, Snapdragon 810 processor, 13MP (f2.0) camera with OIS and laser autofocus, 5MP front camera, USB Type-C port and fingerprint scanner, 4G LTE, mute switch, and runs on Oxygen OS 2.0 that’s built on Android 5.1.1.

In terms of design, the OnePlus 2 is similar to the One, but is just made of nicer materials. There’s an aluminum band that runs the periphery of the device, while the back retains its grippy, textured finish.

There are also style swap back covers which will be available in 5 styles. Apparently they’re easier to swap out than on the OnePlus One. The mute switch on the side is unusual for an android device and toggles between the three standard notification settings – All, priority and none.

When it comes to the software, we all knew Cyanogen was getting the boot this time around. Oxygen OS 2.0 is a very mild skin of stock Android 5.1.1 Lollipop with helpful additions of gestures such as tap to wake the screen and draw circle to launch the camera.

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The biggest change, however, is something OnePlus calls ‘Shelf’. It lies where Google Now lies in the stock Google Launcher and collects all your favorite contacts and apps in one place. Google now is still accessible by long pressing the home button.

Pricing for the OnePlus 2 16GB model hasn’t been announced yet, while the 64GB model will cost Rs 24,99. The Device will be available exclusively on Amazon India and will be sold through the pesky invite system.

 

OnePlus Opens Up The Invite System For The OnePlus 2

The launch of the OnePlus 2 is just hours away and in keeping with tradition, the Chinese company has begun accepting invite requests.

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OnePlus is giving super early adopters a chance to buy a OnePlus 2 before it drops the bomb on the specs and other features of the device at the VR launch even.

The company had earlier said that it will prioritize OnePlus forum members and friends of early adopters, so putting your name on the list might not really work.

Invites will expire within 24 hours given the high demand and the company not wanting to sit on inventory that never gets sold.

All we know about the OnePlus 2 so far is that it will be powered by a Snapdragon 810 processor, 4GB of RAM, a Type-C USB connector, fingerprint reader, a 13MP camera and will cost less than $450.

In order to watch the actual launch of the OnePlus 2 in Virtual Reality, head over to the Google Play store and download the ‘OnePlus 2 Launch’ app.

OnePlus Claims The ‘2’ Has A Better Camera Than The Galaxy S6

OnePlus has a simple mantra – flagship level performance at a pocket-friendly cost. While the OnePlus One mostly delivered on that promise, there were still a few things left desired, especially when it came to camera performance.

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With the OnePlus 2, the company is claiming to have bettered the camera performance of even the best smartphone shooters on the market while still retaining a price of under $450. OnePlus recently posted test photos shot on the upcoming ‘2’ and its high-end rivals.

OnePlus posted macro photos comparing the camera of the OnePlus 2 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 (which is considered to be the best Android shooter currently on the market) on its Chinese forum.

As you’d imagine, the results show that the OnePlus 2 takes better photos than the Galaxy S6, at least better macro shots that is. It’s hard to give into these claims, but then again with the OnePlus 2 launching on July 27, you won’t have to wait long to know.

Here are the sample images, with photos shot by the OnePlus 2 on the left:

Ways You Can Get Your Hands On The OnePlus 2

The OnePlus 2 will be sold through an invite only system just as its predecessor, but before you lose hope of ever getting your hands on one the company has said it improve upon the experience.

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OnePlus claims it’s learnt a lot with the One and is more confident of how well the OnePlus 2 might be received. That has led to the company investing in a far larger launch inventory (30-50x of last year’s inventory) making it a lot easier to get your hands on the device.

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You obviously don’t have time to hang around forums and on social media all day in order to score an invite. This time around you can simply enter your email ID and OnePlus will send you an invite when the device becomes available. The company, however, says it will prioritize its forum supporters when it comes to handing out invites.

Buy A Friend Beer

Buyers of the OnePlus 2 will receive invites which they can then share with friends, just like last time. However, the shareable invites will arrive much faster this time, meaning you can start haggling over how many beer you owe your friend for that invite much sooner.

OnePlus Reveals That The ‘2’ Will Be Smaller Than Its Predecessor

The OnePlus 2 will be launched on July 27 and as the date nears the Chinese company has taken to Reddit to reveal a few more details about the device.

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The OnePlus team shared an image of a OnePlus One and said “Under this OnePlus One there is a OnePlus 2.” It signifies that the upcoming device is smaller, but no details on the display size have been revealed just yet.

Further, the company boasted that despite having a smaller build, the OnePlus 2 will get a 3,300mAh battery that’s roughly 10% larger than its predecessors.

Another big revelation was that the OnePlus 2 will get StypeSwap back covers – so much for the rumour that the device was going to feature an all-metal unibody construction.

Lastly, OnePlus revealed that there will be three different variants of the ‘2’ for Eurpoe/Asia, North America and China with better support for wireless bands.

The OnePlus 2 Will Have 4GB Of RAM

The launch of the OnePlus 2 is just around the bend and we’ve got ourselves yet another tantalizing detail of what to expect.

OnePlus 2 4GB RAM

The company has revealed that the ‘2’ will pack 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM which it claims will result in “faster loading times, smoother gameplay, and never-before-seen energy saving features.”

According to a blog post, OnePlus claims that with LPDDR4 RAM you get twice the bandwidth performance as LPDDR3 at the same power consumption profile.

Further, the OnePlus 2’s RAM uses a lower operating voltage than its predecessor (1.1V v/s 1.2V) and supports speeds of up to 32GB/s.

You might not be able to feel the increased bandwidth or the lower operating voltage, but OnePlus claims you will be able to feel the lack of lag in slow-motion video, face recognition, and low-latency gaming.

32-bit processors were able to handle just 3GB of RAM but 64-bit ones like the Snapdragon 810 in the OnePlus 2 can handle upwards of 4GB, which is probably why the company opted for it in the first place.

So far, the OnePlus 2 is shaping up to be a device that makes its predecessor look weak. We already know the device will use a Snapdragon 810 processor, use a USB Type-C connector, and have a fingerprint reader, but the best part could be its sub-$450 price tag.