Through a post on the company’s official forums, Shenzhen, Guangdong-based smartphone vendor, OnePlus, has announced that the company has readied OxygenOS 2.1.4 for its 2014 flagship smartphone, the OnePlus One. The phone was originally launched with Cyanogen OS, but after an acrimonious fallout between OnePlus and Cyanogen, OnePlus launched its own Android-based ROM called Oxygen OS. OnePlus One users will do well to note that OxygenOS 2.1 is based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, so while many OEMs have already started rolling out Marshmallow to their devices, the latest and greatest version of Android may still take a while before being made available on the OnePlus One, that is, if the company ever decides to do that in the first place.
According to the post on the OnePlus forum, the company has taken inputs from its users and has tried to incorporate their suggestions while implementing some of the new features as part of the latest software that is available as a manual download from the company’s website. That, by the way, is one of the important things to remember here – the update is not available OTA just as yet. Interested users will have to download and install the update manually. While that may sound daunting to the regular user, it should be pretty routine for those in the know. The company also says that OnePlus owners should use the company’s own custom recovery while flashing the OxygenOS 2.1.4 ROM, as using TWRP might mess up the radio and IMEI on the handset. There are separate pdf files with instructions for both PC as well as Mac users.
While the 2.1.4 version of OxygenOS for the OnePlus One is basically the same as OxygenOS 2.14 for the OnePlus 2, there are a few subtle differences, like the non-availability of “MaxxAudio’s proprietary sound technology and relevant applications”. The company also says that it had to get rid of the manual camera mode and RAW file format capability, and there’s no option for screen temperature adjustment either, although all those features are present in the OnePlus 2 version of the software. The new software, however, will come with support for Dark Mode, along with custom icon packs. OxygenOS 2.1.4 also comes with the App Permissions feature, something that is expected to allow users to have more granular control over the information that can be accessed by apps. That’s of course, a native feature in Android Marshmallow, but then again, this isn’t the much-awaited Marshmallow update anyways for the OnePlus One. Either way, the manual flashing will erase all data on the phone, so users wanting to try out the new software should back up all data before starting the update process