The OnePlus One has been met with great success since its launch, last May. What’s not to love? The device sports top quality specs for a price that can be beat by none. It was meant to be the phone for the true Android fan, even featuring the community’s very favorite ROM – CyanogenMod.
Sina Tech is reporting that OnePlus has some substantial plan changes underway. It’s reported the manufacturer will be relocating its software team from China to Taiwan, but that is not the juicy part of the news. It’s also said OnePlus plans to stop using CyanogenMod’s software in favor of its very own ROM.
While Sina Tech quotes founder Pete Lau in this, there are some inconsistencies in the reports. For example, Tech in Asia also contacted the Chinese manufacturer, but they were only able to confirm the move to Taiwan, not the existence or plans of developing their own software.
This means we should probably wait a for more details before we pass judgement. Odds are we could be seeing OnePlus launching phones with its very own software, though. Maybe they just want to better target their home market with Chinese-oriented software, or they may be planning to completely ditch CyanogenMod.
The benefits of OnePlus creating their own ROM
It’s hard to say this will be a better option for the Chinese manufacturer. After all, many of us do love CyanogenMod’s software. It is intuitive, simple and offers a near-stock Android experience, but it also offers a very feature-rich experience. It offers the best of both worlds and continues to be a favorite among tech enthusiasts.
With that said, there are definitely benefits OnePlus could enjoy if this decision is to be made. For one, OnePlus is most likely paying CyanogenMod a certain amount of money for using its software, though those details haven’t been undisclosed.
Another factor to consider is that CyanogenMod, as awesome as it is, continues to be a third party. It just makes no sense for a large enough manufacturer to stay under a third party’s software development. Software is more than 1s and 0s, it shows where a phone maker is headed, at some point they need to make their own ROMs – wouldn’t you agree?