OnePlus to Abandon CyanogenMod in Favor of In-House ROM?

August 4, 2014 - Written By Nick Sutrich

Soon enough you may not be seeing that Cyanogen logo and namesake on the back of the OnePlus One if recent rumors end up becoming true.  Once the pinnacle of success for Cyanogen, Inc., the OnePlus One is the first official phone from the fledgling modder company and of course the first phone from the Oppo-funded startup OnePlus.  Now it’s looking as though that partnership between OnePlus and Cyanogen, Inc. could very well fizzle out, leaving OnePlus to develop their own ROM.  Right now OnePlus is moving its software development team from China to Taiwan permanently, leading to speculation that they could be undertaking the task of making all of their own software instead of relying on Cyanogen to come through with their version of Android. Right now OnePlus has already started work on their own stock Android ROM, which they released just a few weeks ago, and at the time we were scratching our heads wondering why in the world they would do such a thing since CyanogenMod is already a stock ROM with added features.  Now everything is making more sense, and it’s very well possible that this base will be the one that OnePlus builds upon to create their own version of Android.  In China the OnePlus One ships with ColorOS, the same custom build of Android that Oppo ships their phones with, since there are regulations against shipping simple stock Android with a phone in China. These rumors have caused a bit of a rift in the OnePlus community, as there are some people who don’t like CyanogenMod or the company that builds it, while others bought the phone specifically because it was Cyanogen’s first phone.  Either way there will definitely still be official CyanogenMod nightlies available for the device regardless of what happens with new OnePlus One’s shipping out, as well as support being promised from Cyanogen for 18 months. This move is thought to deal exclusively with money, as OnePlus already sells its phone for dirt cheap compared to every other phone on the market, and they certainly have to pay some sort of royalties to Cyanogen for using their software and logo on the phone itself.  Cutting costs further would help the company continue to stay afloat and eventually turn some good profit, leading to more devices in the future with, hopefully, smoother launches than its first device has seen.