OnePlus One users have long been on the lookout for Android Lollipop update and the wait seems to be finally over.
OnePlus co-founder and global director, Carl Pei, revealed the release schedule for Android 5.0 Lollipop update for OnePlus One devices in the form of a stable OxygenOS and CM12S builds. According to Pei, the update process will finally begin next month after several technical holdups.
The news of the firmware rollout came in the form of a reply to a fan on Twitter. "We released an L alpha a while ago, but a more stable build (OxygenOS & CM12S) will need to wait until March. Sorry for delay!" Pei noted.
@rajarshi_10 We released an L alpha a while ago, but a more stable build (OxygenOS & CM12S) will need to wait until March. Sorry for delay!
— Carl Pei (@getpeid) February 23, 2015
The Android Lollipop update will be available to OnePlus One users both in India and other markets. But legal restrictions in India will limit users from getting the CM12S update. Instead, OnePlus will fix its customers with home-grown OxygenOS.
A hint of OxygenOS arriving in March was dropped earlier this month when the head of mobile product, Helen confirmed it in a Reddit AMA session.
Users will have the option to either continue to use CyanogenMod OS or experience the new OxygenOS, which according to OnePlus is bloatware free, almost stock Android experience. OnePlus is behind schedule in releasing the Android Lollipop to its users after a promised 3-month window.
Pei said the new firmware was delayed due to "proprietary drivers, code, QA, certifications."
If users choose to go with OxygenOS next month, there will be a slew of new features like flexible Quick Settings and gesture-based unlock methods. The OS will run Google Now launcher and Google Camera by default but the Paranoid Android team is already developing a new camera app to be released with OxygenOS v2.0.