Earlier this year Cyanogen Inc. ended its partnership with OnePlus to exclusively support Indian smartphone brand Micromax’s Yu range. Briefly after that fiasco, OnePlus promised its customers, that it would come up with CyanogenMod alternative before March end. Soon media was abuzz with the news of OnePlus ROM to be named Oxygen OS based on Android 5.0 Lollipop. Now after slight delay OnePlus announced on its blog that Oxygen OS is up for download on their website.
You need to visit the official OnePlus Oxygen OS download link, download it and then manually install it on your OnePlus One. Now in case you are not that tech savvy and might be skeptical of manual installation, then OnePlus has provided detailed step by step tutorial to do so. Those of you who still feel overwhelmed by the manual installation should wait for OTA update as and when it arrives.
That’s not all, OnePlus has even put up a list of known issues, such as inability to hang up call while using headphone controls, no muti-select delete feature supported in files app as of now.
“Developing OxygenOS has been an incredibly fun and challenging experience for all of us. In this environment where everyone is fighting to standout with custom ROMs, we think it’s important to go back to basics. We place things like performance and battery life over gimmicks and bloated features. We want to be careful that we aren’t adding features simply for the sake of differentiation. We’ve implemented some important features thus far, but they are subtle and meaningful. That’s our philosophy behind OxygenOS: keep it light and essential,” wrote Carl of OnePlus in a blog post.
Though the Oxygen OS is based on Android 5.0 Lollipop, it has got some nifty features of its own like gesture control, which allows you to activate couple of features when screen is off. For example, you can wake up the screen just be double tapping on display, draw a V to activate the flash light, draw O to activate camera and when someone draws straight lines music is played. If you want to toggle songs, then simply draw < or > and you are done.
Customization has always been the forte of custom ROM‘s as the name itself suggests, and Oxygen OS is not different! It offers customizable lock screen wallpapers and ability to toggle between the software and hardware navigation buttons. The notification panel of Oxygen OS houses a quick settings feature which allows the user to add, remove or even reorganize the settings. It also boasts of a file manager app for viewing and managing all the files downloaded on your OnePlus One.
Oxygen OS’s UI is pretty simple, feels light and is bloatware free. This is much in line OnePlus’s promise that Oxygen OS would utilize Lollipop’s material design and be free of bloatware.