You might be aware of the fact OnePlus and Cyanogen relationship took a turn for the worse last year after Micromax took OnePlus to court in India over the use of Cyanogen branding on its OnePlus One smartphone. Now it looks like OnePlus may have decided to call it quits with Cyanogen for its future products as the company has dropped the Cyanogen branding from the back of recent OnePlus One units.
The move comes right before the company is scheduled to officially unveil its own custom ROM that has been named OxygenOS. According to the teaser on OnePlus forums, the OxygenOS ROM will be revealed on February 12th. The company had started a promotion late last year to pick a name for its first custom ROM. The new OxygenOS is claimed to deliver a “bold, powerful, straight-forward experience”. The new ROM will be available to all OnePlus One owners, not just users in India.
The rift between the two companies started over Cyanogen granting Micromax exclusive rights to the use of Cyanogen software and branding in India and a few other markets. As a result, sales of the OnePlus One were banned soon after its official announcement in India. Even though the ban was lifted after a few days, OnePlus One users in India will not be receiving any updates from Cyanogen in the future.
It does make us wonder if the move could mean OnePlus will include its own software with the rumored OnePlus One successor that is scheduled to arrive by the second or third quarter of the year. The OxygenOS could be the first step towards that, if OnePlus is indeed serious about cutting off ties with Cyanogen Inc. The Cyanogen software was one of the main selling points of the OnePlus One last year.