OnePlus has been quietly developing its own Android 5.0 Lollipop based ROM for its flagship device OnePlus One. After the Cyanogen licensing issues in India which will leave many users unable to update their devices OTA, the company had announced that it will be providing an early build to customers, which will replace the Cyanogen OS on their devices.
OnePlus has now released an ALPHA build of the ROM on its forums, and is available to download and flash right now. The ROM looks pretty much identical to stock Android Lollipop on Nexus devices but with a few minor changes, such as the ability to have either onscreen or physical navigation buttons.
This is an ALPHA build so there definitely are bugs... lots of it, many of which are listed on the forum and others no doubt you'll find while using it. Watch the video below for a Quick preview on the ROM!
The successor of OnePlus One has been confirmed to launch by Q3,2015 according to the manufacturer's global director Carl Pei. The next generation handset will be named "OnePlus Two" when launched on the market.
The latest word on the device's launch falls right in line with a past report. However, we wish that the timeline wasn't as broad as the one that is mentioned (Q3 ends in September).
India will reportedly be one of the first markets to receive the upcoming smartphone from the young Chinese manufacturer. Curiously, its predecessor actually became available through Amazon in the vast market today. There is no word on the hardware specs of OnePlus Two just yet. Rumor has it that the smartphone will be smaller than the OnePlus One and slightly more expensive.
OnePlus announced its upcoming pre-order system for the One last month, when it only said it would roll out in October. And today the Chinese company has followed up with an actual date and time at which you'll be able to pre-order its first smartphone, no invite needed.
So here's what you need to mark in your calendar: October 27th, 15:00 (3 pm) GMT. That's 8 am PST and 11 am EST for those of you in the States, or 4 pm if you're somewhere in Central Europe.
There's a big catch to all this, though. The pre-orders will only be live for exactly one hour. To make sure everything will go smoothly, you can already 'prepare' your pre-order on a special website, adding the OnePlus One to your cart, and entering your details so you'll need to do as little as possible next Monday.
OnePlus has just updated it's one One and only flagship device , the OnePlus One, with a Major OTA update that contains the new CyanogenMod firmware [CM 11S 38R] which brings many new features, improvements and bug fixes.
Notable upgrades in this firmware are the added RAW format in the Camera app, expanded audio codec playback capabilities, better battery life and ANT+ support. The battery life also got a boost, while quite a few bugs got squashed.
Official [CM 11S 38R] Update Change-log for OnePlus One:
- Improves the responsiveness of the touchscreen.
- A new and very cool lockscreen.
- Ability to take photos in RAW format.
- Enhanced audio capabilities (24 bit, 96/192khz-flac/alac/wav files without resampling).
- ANT+ support.
- Added method for users to report bugs directly to Cyanogen.
- Added pause button during video recording.
- Improved battery life.
- Fixed issues with camera exposure compensation stuck in auto.
- Fixed issues with ‘4G Preferred' option not connecting to 3G data.
- Fixed issues with delay in torch activation.
- Fixed issues with unresponsive screen requiring reboot.
- Fixed issues with static in speaker when changing volume while headset plugged in.
- Fixed issues with rotation not triggering when rotated slowly.
- Fixed issues with Quiet Hours / system UI causing battery drain on last day of month.
- Fixed issues with camera not starting when LED torch is already on.
- Fixed issues with Bluetooth volume low on connection.
You may know OnePlus, the start-up company behind the OnePlus One Smartphone that was released earlier this year, now it looks like the company is preparing for their second product. A photo of what appears to be the product page of the OnePlus OneWatch along with some sketches reveal the Smartwatch specifications and that it might be close to ready.
The sketches of the OnePlus OneWatch almost seem too good to be true a titanium chassis, a sapphire glass protecting the round OLED screen, wireless Qi charging of the curved battery that's built-into the leather strap. Notice the screen is truly round too, unlike the Moto 360′s, which has a small panel hiding the screen controller at the bottom.
Of course, details like screen resolution, chipset or even platform are unknown. The OnePlus One smartphone is based on a special branch of CyanogenMod. That's Android for phones though, Android Wear is a separate platform and Google will not allow much customization. There is a very high chance that OnePlus will go for Android Wear the main OS for its wearable device.