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GermainZ · Apr 14, 2015

OxygenOS Kernel Source Released

The kernel is the central part of an operating system, and is basically a program that serves as an interface between the applications you run and your hardware (including the memory which softwares need to run, disk or network access and so on). The Linux kernel is one of the most popular, and is what Android uses and comes with (with some modifications). Linux is also open source and is released under the GNU GPL v2, which among other things,...

Mario Tomás Serrafero · Mar 26, 2015

OnePlus Late March AMAA Roundup

OnePlus is one of those companies that appear one day and next thing you know, they are all over the internet. Their original OnePlus One phone was a major success in the mobile space due to its low price yet remarkable specifications - the ultimate goal of the company and their “Never Settle” slogan. We love talking about “the little OEM that could”, not necessarily because they are good or bad, but because their business and marketing strategies are very...

Mario Tomás Serrafero · Feb 16, 2015

ColorOS Camera on OPO: Great Port, Great Option

Some lenses are better than others, and when it comes to hardware the difference can be quantified in a lab. As far as applications go, however, the story is a little different - you've got hundreds of options out there, be it on the Playstore, on our forums or whatever third-party resource you can find. In some cases, cameras are finely tuned to specific sets of hardware, or have proprietary drivers and algorithms that significantly improve the experience. Owners of...

Mario Tomás Serrafero · Feb 12, 2015

Everything OxygenOS: What We Know, What to Expect

OnePlus has been a heated company filed under many controversies, but with many strengths and virtues that turned them - and their product - into one of the biggest buzz-filled and talked-about entities of the mobile world in 2014. Their debut with the OnePlus One "flagship killer" was met with a lot of conversation surrounding not just the phone, but the company's decisions around their promotion decisions. In the end, their first device was a success that sold nearly 1 million...

Faiz Malkani · Jan 21, 2015

OnePlus One User Experiences Charging Port Meltdown

OnePlus is an OEM in it's infancy, catapulted into the big leagues partly due to it's pricing and partly due to it's sweet (but short) partnership with CyanogenMod. Along the way, they faced numerous issues such as badly-met PR endeavors, hostility towards the invite-only system and more, but they plowed on, unfazed, and went on to report a million devices sold in 2014. Facts and statistics like these liken OnePlus to the larger, more established OEMs, and as a result,...

Mario Tomás Serrafero · Jan 16, 2015

The Little OEM That Could: Flagship Killers Never Settle

OnePlus has been one of the most talked-about companies of 2014. They have been the topic of countless discussions and debates all over tech enthusiast forums and websites, with comments in all shades of the spectrum. This buzz has been one of the main reasons One Plus became what it is today - a player in a rough game of an industry. And one of the hardest parts of the game is getting in it. OnePlus has a noble vision...

Tomek Kondrat · Jan 1, 2015

OnePlus Releases Early CyanogenMod-Free Lollipop For the One

In the last few weeks, we've read quite a bit regarding the issues surrounding OnePlus, Micromax, and Cyanogen Inc. The drama between these three companies is full of unexpected twists, accusations and court trials. While we wait the conclusion of this soap-opera, OnePlus decided to start the new year in a very sweet way. We recently talked about how OnePlus has been working on delivering a CyanogenMod-free firmware that will one day become the default firmware in future updates and...

Pulser_G2 · Dec 24, 2014

CM, Micromax and OnePlus – Sales Ban Lifted

It's less than a week since our recent in-depth analysis of the legal battle over the Indian market, with which Cyanogen Inc, OnePlus and Micromax are embroiled. In light of the holiday season, I shall keep this update short, but the Delhi High Court has today overturned the original sales ban imposed as a result of Micromax's legal petition, in an apparently early Christmas gift to OnePlus. The original court order against OnePlus, preventing it from selling its mobile phones,...

Pulser_G2 · Dec 18, 2014

Cyngn, OnePlus, Micromax – The Legal Battle

Recently, a battle has been waging in India over the rights to distribute the commercial version of the CyanogenMod operating system. The court order from the recent case (where Micromax wanted to enforce their exclusivity agreement against OnePlus) has been released. The order, written by Justice Manmohan Singh, weighs in at 29 pages, and the contents prove rather interesting. Let's take a look through it. The documents are available for reference from this link. In a break with convention, I...

Samantha · Dec 13, 2014

Use the OnePlus One Front Earpiece for Media Playback

Opting for dual speakers positioned on the bottom of the OnePlus One, many would say that this device's speakers look awfully similar to the ones on the Nexus 5. Despite the aesthetic similarity, the One employs two separate sound drivers, each with its own speaker grille. So although they may not be stereo, they at least produce strong sounds at top volume. However, if this doesn’t seem to just quite cut it for some One owners out there, the OnePlus One...

Will Verduzco · Dec 10, 2014

Indian OnePlus One to Ship Without Cyanogen OS After All

A little under two weeks ago, we first talked about an unfortunate situation whereby upcoming OnePlus One devices sold in India were rumored to ship without "Cyanogen OS" due to Cyanogen Inc. granting exclusive rights to their proprietary firmware in India to Micromax. Needless to say, this situation is less than ideal both for the Oppo offshoot as well as potential Indian buyers, as one of the main appeals of the OPO is undoubtedly its bloat-free CM11s install. After the...

Tomek Kondrat · Dec 4, 2014

Cyanogen to Update OnePlus One Globally, Even in India

Just a few days ago, we talked about how Cyanogen Inc. was set to drop support for the OnePlus One in India due to a conflicting contract. According to many articles on the Web, including those from the OnePlus team, exclusive rights to use Cyanogen OS in India were transferred over to Micromax. The One's makers then announced that they were working hard to create their own operating system that would eventually replace Cyanogen OS as a main operating system on devices produced...

Tomek Kondrat · Nov 30, 2014

OnePlus One to Forgo CyanogenMod in India

It appears that the deal between Oppo offshoot OnePlus and Cyanogen Inc. dangles merely by a thread. Last week, OnePlus announced that its One model would launch in India on December 2. Unlucky for all “Flagship Killer's” fans, Cyanogen decided to granted exclusive rights to "Cyanogen OS" over to Micromax, one of the main rivals to OnePlus in Asia. Cyanogen's decision came as a surprise both to OnePlus and Indian users. One of the latest OTAs (38R) included the SAR regulations...

Tomek Kondrat · Nov 14, 2014

Early Lollipop Builds for the OnePlus One and HTC Desire 816

Just yesterday, after quite a long wait, we finally had the pleasure of seeing the Lollipop factory images appear for some Nexus devices. These devices are popular with Android enthusiasts, but make up only a small percentage of phones and tablets released by the various OEMs. While some phones will get official ports of Android 5.0, others will have to rely on custom ROM development. The Google Nexus 6 is rather expensive piece of hardware, so many of you set your...

Tomek Kondrat · Nov 8, 2014

OnePlus One Receives 44S OTA Update

The OnePlus One is a great choice for all you who don't want to spend the big bucks on the Google Nexus 6. The “Flagship Killer” received an OTA from the CyanogenMod team fixing some annoyances spotted since the last update. The CM team focused mostly on stability with this update, so you shouldn't be expecting some new functions etc. This small update fixes the following things: Memory causing screen artifacts will not anymore Random reboots and instability are now gone Solved...

Will Verduzco · Oct 7, 2014

Dynamically Change Your OnePlus One’s Lock Screen Theme

Although they were originally designed to secure our mobile devices and prevent inadvertent and accidental device usage, lock screens have evolved into so much more. They not only serve a functional purpose in protecting our devices, but they also show us information with lock screen widgets and even serve as a bit of eye candy. However, that last bit is hampered a little by having one static lock screen theme. Luckily for OnePlus One users, there's now an incredibly easy way...

Jimmy McGee · Sep 29, 2014

Customizing the OnePlus One, XDA 2015 Forum Redesign Live! – XDA TV

You can now customize your OnePlus One's boot logo! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend's news is the announcement of XDA 2015 forum redesign going live and be sure the check out the article showing you how to compile your own Ubuntu kernel! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this weekend on XDA TV....

Samantha · Sep 27, 2014

Customize the Info Panel of the OnePlus One Lock Screen

The lock screen of the OnePlus One is quite the pleasant thing to look at. It’s minimalistic and simple, yet different from what we’ve all perhaps gotten used to over the years. But by default, the customization options are quite limited, particularly in regards to the solid-colored panel that takes up the bottom half of the screen. Yes, you can say that a third party lock screen will fix this little issue, but if you’re looking for some more freedom...

Tomek Kondrat · Sep 11, 2014

MultiROM Available for the Sony Xperia Z and OnePlus One

Android is a beautiful platform, full of surprising and interesting ideas. Without a doubt, one of the coolest projects that has been introduced to the community in recent memory is MultiROM by XDA Recognized Developer Tassadar. This project allows you to boot many various ROMs and even operating systems from the SD Card of your device. Not so long ago, MultiROM was ported over to the Moto G and its wallet-friendly brother, the Moto E. Those two devices aren't the only non-Nexus...

Jimmy McGee · Sep 7, 2014

How to Turn Your Smartphone into a OnePlus One – XDA Developer TV

Oppo's spunky offspring company OnePlus announced their first smartphone, the One, to much fanfare. It ships with a special version of CyanogenMod installed. Many people love CyanogenMod and would love to get their hands on a phone with this version. However, getting your hands on a OnePlus One is not as easy as going down to the store and buying one. The supply is limited and there are many paths to getting the opportunity to buy one, and some paths...