OnePlus officially entered the Indian smartphone market when it launched its first smartphone in the country. The OnePlus One was launched yesterday exclusively through Amazon with a price tag of Rs. 21,999, but following its fallout with Cyanogen Inc., many consumers in India were confused about future software updates in India. But shortly after the official launch event of the OnePlus One, the company has answered some of the important questions in its forums, which were lingering in the minds of Indian consumers.
10 things you must know before buying the OnePlus One in India
- India-specific invites are necessary to buy the OnePlus One in India through Amazon.
- They will sell the international variant of the OnePlus One in India, so all the hardware specifications will remain the same, including 4G LTE connectivity. (Also Read: List of all the 4G LTE smartphones in India)
- Cyanogen has pulled off software support for OnePlus One users in India. The company still doesn’t know how Cyanogen plans to identify Indian users so that they can block the updates from their devices.
- The company will release a beta ROM based on Android 5.0 Lollipop sometime in December 2014. The final version will be released in February 2015. (Also Read: List of all the devices which might receive Android 5.0 Lollipop update)
- The company will offer software support to OnePlus One for 2 years starting from the date it releases the final version of its own ROM.
- Features such as Gestures, Double-Tap To Wake, and ClearImage will be included in their own ROM for the OnePlus One.
- If they wish to keep using Cyanogen OS, users can always update to the latest version by manual flashing method.
- Rooting and flashing ROMs on the OnePlus One will not void the warranty.
- The company will post detailed step-by-step help guides on the Internet in its official forums. Alternatively, users can visit their service centres for manual updation of their phones.
- Users can find the location of the company’s service centres in India through their customer support page and downloading the list of OnePlus’ service centres across India.
Additionally, the company has announced that it will bring back StyleSwap covers to Indian users. The company had cancelled the StyleSwap covers because the mechanism to change the back cover was hard for general consumers, but now that the company has service centres across the country, users can buy StyleSwap covers from Amazon, walk into the service centres and get them replaced free of cost.
Are you satisfied by what OnePlus has to offers to Indian users of the One? Please let us know your doubts and confusions regarding the OnePlus One.
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