When OnePlus decided to come out with a smartphone it chose Cyanogen as its software provider. Initially the relationship was off to a good start but late last year we started seeing some problems. It became apparent once OnePlus announced that it will start developing its own software for its smartphone that it will no longer continue with Cyanogen. Speaking at a conference in Beijing, Cyanogen’s Kirt McMaster and Steve Kondik have confirmed that their company’s partnership with OnePlus has ended.
Kondik says that Cyanogen and OnePlus basically had different goals for its custom Android OS which is why they can’t continue to work together. Cyanogen is now going to work with other hardware vendors to bring its custom Android OS into the mainstream market.
Things got really bad last year when the OnePlus One was launched in India but it couldn’t ship with Cyanogen’s software since it already had an exclusivity agreement with local manufacturer MicroMax. This led to a temporary ban on OnePlus One’s sales in the country.
Later OnePlus released the OxygenOS for OnePlus which bumped up the device to Lollipop. It tried its best to provide a vanilla Android experience but it was no CyanogenMod, and users would have certainly felt that difference.
Cyanogen has not yet named any manufacturers that might be willing to work with it and brings its custom Android OS to market.