As promised by the Chinese handset manufacturer, OnePlus has released its first non-Cyanogen build software for its OnePlus One smartphone. The latest firmware is in Alpha version and based on Android Lollipop 5.0. However, the full version is said to be available this year mid-February.
This latest Android firmware which is in Alpha state, is meant for those who are ready to try the Lollipop version on their phone. As this is the OnePlus own custom ROM, it will have some bugs and pure stock Android without any additional features. The company has published the entire procedure and download link in its forum.
OnePlus company has posted, " Now, it's our turn. It's time we show you just a little bit of what we've been working on. This is the first step in what will become our own custom ROM. It's so early, in fact, that this build contains no extras beyond the stock features of AOSP Lollipop. It's the base that we will continue to build upon, improve, and customize as we stabilize core functionalities on the latest firmware updates."
Earlier, OnePlus had collaborated with Cyanogen for its software updates. But, due to the Cyanogen's exclusive partnership with Indian manufacturer Micromax, OnePlus has been forced to develop its own ROM. Last month OnePlus was temporarily banned from selling, marketing, importing its OnePlus One smartphone due to the petition filed by the Micromax. Later, the ban was lifted from the country.
OnePlus One -- Key Specifications
As far as the specs are concerned, the OnePlus One features a 5.5-inch Full HD display offering a resolution of 1920 ×1080 pixels slapped with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on it.
On the imaging front the handset is pretty equipped, as it uses a 13-megapixel camera with Sony's IMX214 stacked sensor with 6-element lens, f/2.0 aperture, dual LED flash 4K video recording. Moreover, a 5MP front-facing snapper with f/2.0 aperture is also a standard one. OnePlus One comes in two variant, on the storage capacity ie. 16GB and 64GB model.
Connectivity options include 4G LTE / 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4/5 GHz), WiFi Direct, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS and NFC. It should be noted that the LTE variant of the device works with bands 1/3/4/7/17/38/40 and 3G model works in bands 1/2/4/5/8. Dimension-wise, the smartphone measures 152.9 x 75.9 x 8.9 mm and weighs 162 grams, further it draws energy from a heavy 3100 mAh battery.
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