The wait is finally over. OnePlus One owners can rest their curiosity as the company has decided to shower the first stable version of CyanogenMod-based Android 5.0 Lollipop update over its flagship smartphone. The updated ROM will be rolled out to OnePlus One owners in India starting next month, one of the top CM engineers revealed during an interview with Android Central.
Steve Kondik, a software engineer at Cyanogen, spoke candidly about the non-profit company that is caught in feud between Micromax and OnePlus. Legal disputes aside, the company has plans to support OnePlus One and get Android 5.0 Lollipop on board with the flagship smartphone at the earliest.
"OnePlus is a startup just like us," Kondik told Android Central via Hangout. "And they are crazy ambitious. I'm not sure our long-term visions are necessarily converging based on the conversations we've had, but we're still going to support the [OnePlus] One. We're still behind them for this device, with plans to ship (Lollipop) next month, and I have no idea what the future holds beyond that."
For OnePlus One owners, this is certainly great news at last. Google has been picking up pace in rolling out Android 5.0 Lollipop to a sizable number of smartphones. It has been six months since Google first released Lollipop and the latest statistics reveal the latest Android update is found only on 0.1 percent of the global handsets. Around 60 percent of all the Android smartphones still run aging software that predates KitKat.
OnePlus already had a few test builds of the CM-based Android Lollipop but updating the software elevates the risk of errors and glitches. Having a stable version of the update helps users to get the best experience possible.
OnePlus One is still a worthy smartphone for the price. At Rs. 21,999, customers get a 5.5-inch full HD display, a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB RAM, 3,100mAh battery, LTE support and more. By combining the handset with CM-based Lollipop, there are going to be some massive changes inside out.