OnePlus and Cyanogen teamed up on the software for the OnePlus One, a move that helped both companies to expand their brand awareness early on in their lives. Despite the fact that they’ve both grown thanks to the deal, though, it looks like there won’t be any more partnerships in the future.
Cyanogen CTO Steve Kondik recently said that the OnePlus One is “probably the last you will see from that partnership,” speaking of the OnePlus-Cyanogen deal. Cyanogen CEO Kirt McMaster went on to say that “without Cyanogen, OnePlus would have sold like one device in international markets” and that OnePlus “built their brand on the back of Cyanogen.”
OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei seemingly confirmed that his company won’t be working with Cyanogen in the future, telling PC World that while the partnership was “mutually beneficial,” the two firms are taking different paths going forward.
OnePlus recently released OxygenOS, its own Android 5.0-based ROM, meaning that it doesn’t need to rely on Cyanogen for software like it did when it first launched the OnePlus One. Cyanogen OS is a bit more baked than OxygenOS, though, and I’m sure that there are folks that are disappointed that the OnePlus 2 likely won’t come to market with Cyanogen’s software in tow.