Earlier this year, OnePlus made the announcement on their forum that they were working on their own ROM – Oxygen OS which was expected to be released via OTA by the end of this month. Oxygen OS was officially scheduled to be pushed out to OnePlus One owners on 12th February.
As it stands now, there has only been a beta release of the OS which was not stable enough to be used as a daily driver. The promises from the OnePlus team tend to be more about surprises than commitments and talking about commitments. OnePlus promised that a failure to deliver Oxygen OS to its users would result in a phone giveaway to show how serious they were to that “commitment”. (Are you not tired of the promises already?)
To our surprise, looks like they will be giving away the phones as promised. An AMA on the Android sub-Reddit was held by the OnePlus Team, and when asked about the Lollipop-based upgrades promised they had some unfortunate news to share:
“We are not positive they’ll be ready in time.”
Though they claim they have a stable firmware ready to go and that things are running as smoothly as they ought to be, they state that unforeseen delays in the certification process might extend the timeline a bit further than they originally anticipated.
As such, they confirmed they will be giving away at least five OnePlus One smartphones, Five might seem a small number but it is better than 0
To play it safe, the team did not state any specific date as to when the issues would be resolved, not even a tentative date for OnePlus One users to look forwatd to… perhaps they have learned a valuable lesson from this ordeal and have adopted Cyanogen’s old way of thinking: no ETAs on OTAs – It will be ready when it’s ready!.
OnePlus says to stay on the lookout for more information in the days to come.