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OnePlus One finally gets its Lollipop update, but with a major twist

Published Apr 6th, 2015 8:00AM EDT
OnePlus One Android 5.0 Lollipop
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After announcing that it was working on its own Android OS to replace Cyanogen OS on its affordable flagship handset, OnePlus has finally rolled out the OxygenOS update for the OnePlus One, even though it missed an earlier release target.

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The company on Friday revealed that OnePlus owners can now install OxygenOS, providing detailed instructions for moving to OnePlus’ official operating system.

Installing Lollipop on the device should be a somewhat straightforward procedure, but there’s a twist: the company has not released an automated solution for upgrading Cyanogen OS to OxygenOS, so users will have to do everything themselves – a step-by-step guide is available at this link.

As for OxygenOS, OnePlus promises a bloat-free experience that should focus on important things.

“We place things like performance and battery life over gimmicks and bloated features,” the company said. “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.”

The company also offers its customers a feedback app on its forums that can be used to send feedback directly to its ROM team.

A video showing the best features of OxygenOS follows below.

Chris Smith
Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.