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OnePlus One to ditch its old Android OS for a fresh breath of Oxygen

Published Jan 30th, 2015 5:15PM EST
OnePlus One OxygenOS Update
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Android fans were certainly excited to hear that one of the most interesting flagship handsets of 2014 ran one of the most popular custom Android ROMs out of the box, but the partnership between OnePlus and Cyanogen doesn’t seem to be working out anymore. The OnePlus One maker has decided to build its own Android-based operating system for its phones, and on Friday it announced the official name for the new OS: OxygenOS.

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After holding a contest on its forum to pick the name of the OS, the company decided to go with OxygenOS.

“As an element, Oxygen is the epitome of simplicity, yet it’s also extraordinarily powerful,” the company explained. “Oxygen is all around us. It’s part of us and everything we do. It creates the water that carves out valleys and moves mountains. By itself, it’s simple and pure—a fundamental building block. But, as a part of something greater, it can do amazing things. Just like us.”

Aside from marketing talk, OnePlus did not reveal any useful details about OxygenOS in its announcement, saying that more information should be made available to users on February 12th.

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.