Cyanogen has announced that it is ending its partnership with OnePlus and is looking to partner Chinese players to get its custom Android OS to international markets quicker. Co-founders Kirt McMaster and Steve Kondik confirmed the end of all relations with OnePlus at Beijing’s Global Mobile Internet Conference, Android Authority reports. Also Read - OnePlus could soon come under Oppo's shelter, suggests new leaked documentAlso Read - OnePlus Nord N200 to get just one Android OS update but 3 years of maintenance patches
Kondik said that the two companies had different goals, and eventually had to part ways to not let ‘their crazy ways collide’. This means that the successor of OnePlus One the OnePlus 2 arriving in Q3, 2015 will not feature Cyanogen OS for sure, and will have the company’s custom interface Oxygen OS instead. Also Read - OnePlus phones in future will continue to run OxygenOS despite merger with Oppo: Report
The rifts began when Cyanogen signed an exclusive contract with Micromax in India. This exclusive contract put OnePlus One’s sale in India into jeopardy, and the company even had to suspend its sales temporarily after Micromax slapped a lawsuit against them. However, OnePlus resumed sales shortly after and even announced that future Cyanogen updates will be rolled out to all OnePlus One users in India. There was no clarity provided on what exactly happened with the lawsuit, but an out of court mutual agreement is speculated. “That s probably the last you will see from that partnership. Two new companies are trying to do crazy stuff, a lot of people collide,” Kondik said at the conference.
McMaster also added that if it had not been for Cyanogen, OnePlus would not have been able to garner as many sales as it did. “Without Cyanogen, OnePlus would have sold like one device in international markets. Essentially they built their brand on the back of Cyanogen, McMaster added.
However, this end in partnership does not mean that all OnePlus One devices that run on Cyanogen will now have to compulsorily switch to Oxygen OS. The company has confirmed that it will continue to support all those who have the OS running on their smartphones.
There isn’t many details on who Cyanogen plans to partner in the future, but reports of a low-cost Chinese manufacturer are doing the rounds. The co-founders want the custom Android OS to reach the wider international markets faster, and are looking for partners who can achieve that.