OnePlus will ditch ColorOS for its own software in China


OnePlus-One-sideOnePlus is dropping ColorOS and bringing its own software to One devices in China next year. The company has already shifted its development team to Taiwan, where it plans to use the many talented Android developers and designers who are based locally to its advantage.

Unlike the international OnePlus One, which ships with CyanogenMod pre-installed, the Chinese version of the device runs ColorOS. Built by Oppo, another smartphone maker based in China, the software is heavily modified and delivers a far from stock Android experience — mostly due to China’s software restrictions.

But OnePlus CEO plans to do away with ColorOS altogether. In an interview with China’s Sina Technology News, Lau confirmed OnePlus will make its own software for the Chinese market, which will continue to provide a lot of ColorOS features alongside China-specific services.

OnePlus hopes to have the firmware ready in time for the launch of the One’s successor next year.

As for the international OnePlus One, that will continue to come with CyanogenMod pre-installed for the time being. Lau said he was happy with his company’s partnership with Cyanogen, despite the recent release of a pure Android ROM for those who wish to remove CyanogenMod themselves.