OnePlus One Receives Android 5.0 Lollipop Update, Finally
It’s been a long time in the making, but Android 5.0 Lollipop has finally made its way to the OnePlus One smartphone — well, kind of. Rather than receiving the “official” Lollipop update, users of the budget-friendly OnePlus One handset can download the company’s new Lollipop-based operating system dubbed OxygenOS.
The OnePlus One is arguably one of the hottest Android smartphones on the market. It features a 5.5-inch 1920 x 1080 pixel display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of random access memory (RAM), a 13-megapixel camera, and either 16 or 64GB of internal storage. What’s really impressive, however, is its price tag of just $299 — nearly half the price of similar spec’d smartphones.
As noted by LiliPuting.com, OxygenOS looks strikingly similar to the stock version of Google’s Android operating system. They both have similar navigation systems, icons, settings, customization options and more. So if you’re familiar with Android, you should have no problem finding your way around OxygenOS.
Of course, there are some key differences between Android Lollipop and OxygenOS. For starters, OxygenOS supports default gestures like double tapping the display to wake the device up from sleep mode. You can also draw a circle on the screen to active its 13-megapixel camera, or draw the letter V to turn on the flashlight. The Quick Settings panel is also fully customizable in OxygenOS, allowing users to add and remove tiles via drag-and-drop.
“Developing OxygenOS has been an incredibly fun and challenging experience for all of us. In this environment where everyone is fighting to standout with custom ROMs, we think it’s important to go back to basics. We place things like performance and battery life over gimmicks and bloated features,” wrote OnePlus developers on the company’s official blog.
To use OxygenOS on your OnePlus One smartphone, you’ll need to download the ROM from http://oxygenos.oneplus.net/oxygenos_1.0.0.zip and flash it to your device. Unfortunately, there’s no over-the-air (OTA) update for OxygenOS (that we know of), nor has OnePlus announced plans for an OTA update. If you’re comfortable with flashing your device and know how to properly back up your data, this shouldn’t be a problem. After backing up your data, simply download the OxygenOS ROM and flash it to your device.
Have you downloaded and installed OxygenOS to your OnePlus One? Let us know how it turned out in the comments section below!