OnePlus launches the alpha build of Android 5.0 Lollipop custom ROM

By January 1st, 2015 AT 6:53 PM

OnePlus has been silently developing its in-house Android 5.0 Lollipop based ROM for the OnePlus One. As an aftermath of the controversy with Cyanogen licensing in India, the company declared that it will be providing the pilot build to customers, which will be replacing the Cyanogen OS on their smartphone. The company has launched an alpha build of the ROM on its online forum that can be downloaded and flashed by the users right away.


The ROM is somewhat identical to the Android 5.0 Lollipop running on Nexus devices but with minimal changes, like the ability to have either onscreen or physical navigation buttons.

Being the pilot build, the ROM has many bugs, which are already listed on the forum and many more will be found when you will be using the device. The forum has also published special instructions, which must be followed for installing the ROM. The users need to read the instructions properly before installing the update.

Some of the bugs in the Alpha ROM reported by the company:

  • Data roaming is on by default. Make sure to turn if off to avoid potential charges.
  • As always, flashing a custom ROM incurs the risk of bricking your phone. Make sure you know what you’re doing and backup everything.
  • Camera and video may be unstable. This build supports 4k video, however quality may be low as we are still fine-tuning the camera.
  • Capacitive keys do not turn off when you enable software keys.
  • Clock crashes periodically.
  • If using the new app pinning feature in L, make sure to turn on the software keys first. Otherwise, you will have to reboot your machine.
  • On first boot, startup time will be a bit slow. Rest assured we will speed things up in the future.
  • Wi-Fi may be unstable.

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Dear Zara, could you please let us know how to differentiate between OPO of India and not of India. This is regarding your statement “As an aftermath of the controversy with Cyanogen licensing in India, the company declared that it will be providing the pilot build to customers, which will be replacing the Cyanogen OS on their smartphone.”


AFAIK One Plus is selling global version India. The phone I received is labelled as Global version. Looks like they are coming with a new OS for all phones irrespective of country. A company like Cyanogen cannot be trusted any more.


invite system sucks. They could start Flash sales. Atleast some people will be able to buy it.


Understand your frustration, but if you see what’s happening with Xiaomi ,the mobiles that are purchased in flash sales are being sold for PREMIUM on eBay/Olx which is a scam and never should have been entertained. Hope OPO does not go the Flash Sales way and end up in hands of Resellers


Import/Export tracking site Zauba(dot)com lists more than 20000 units of One Plus One imported on 30-Dec. A lot of people signed up for invites are expected receive invites.

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