OnePlus debut in the Indian market has been anything but smooth, and the company is currently embroiled in a court battle with Micromax after it turned out that Cyanogen entered into an exclusive agreement with the latter while offering its software to the Chinese brand. Micromax filed a complaint of alleged infringement as it owns exclusive rights to use the Cyanogen software in the country. Stuck in the middle of this battle is Cyanogen, and founder Steve Kondik has spoken to Android Central shedding some light on the ongoing saga. Also Read - OnePlus Nord CE starts at Rs 22,999 but you can grab it at cheaper price of Rs 21,999: Here’s howAlso Read - OnePlus Nord CE 5G Review: Focusing on its Core
Micromax s exclusive deal with Cyanogen caused a lot of confusion prior to the launch of the OnePlus One and the Yu Yureka in India. The software maker had to finally issue a statement saying that it would continue to support One handsets globally, but in India it would only support the Yu Yureka. This move saw Cyanogen being deemed as the villain that ditched OnePlus for a deal with Micromax that would allegedly rake in monetary benefits for the company. Also Read - OnePlus Nord N200 to be company's most affordable 5G phone: Design, full specs leak
Steve Kondik, however, says that Cyanogen is essentially stuck in the middle of a fight between OnePlus and Micromax, and the entire issue was due to the different interpretations of the exclusive agreement between Cyanogen and Micromax.
Furthermore, Kondik claims that Cyanogen got no monetary benefits from the agreement with Micromax, since the operating system has been licensed to both the companies for free. This is in stark contrast to Micromax s claims in the complaint filed at Delhi HC. The Indian smartphone vendor claimed that it had incurred major expenses in creating a brand exclusivity for providing to Indian customers mobile phones with Cyanogen operating systems and it would suffer irreparable harm and loss if the defendants (OnePlus) are permitted to continue with their illegal acts in violation of the agreement between Micromax and Cyanogen.
The major expenses mentioned by Micromax then are not due to licensing costs and is more likely because of the marketing campaigns started in order to establish the Yu brand in India. We’re stuck in the middle of a fight between OnePlus and Micromax, because we’re supplying the OS to both companies,” Kondik said. “With each company, a short exclusivity was included in the agreements and we thought they were pretty straightforward. Our agreement with Micromax was a little more specific for the services we were providing, but it was never meant to be retroactive against OnePlus, and that’s where the problem came from.”
Kondik s claims then bring some clarity to the entire issue and also make Cyanogen look less villainous. The operating system is still open source, and the company survives on investments from venture capitalists. Kondik further revealed that the company would continue to support the One, and plans to ship the latest CyanogenMod based on Android Lollipop. But, he did say that he had no idea what the future holds beyond that” for both the companies.