Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus is merging its global Oxygen OS and Chinese Hydrogen OS. The company revealed this in an interview with xda-developers.
The company has two custom ROMs namely the OxygenOS and HydrogenOS. While OxygenOS caters to the global market and has stock Android UI, HydrogenOS is slightly heavy and is targeted exclusively at the company's customers in China. The OS' UI is customized to the tastes of Chinese people. In an interview with XDA developer website, OnePlus confirmed that it would not only be merging the two ROMs but will also be combining the two teams behind HydrogenOS and OxygenOS. The company says this would lead to faster software updates. "The main benefit of combining our team resources is to speed up software updates. We know we have some room to continue improving there, and this is an important step in the right direction," told the company official to XDA.
A single team would also allow OnePlus to focus solely on a single UI, eliminating bug fixes and other flaws quickly. The company will also be taking feedback from the community and decide as to what features will be universally accepted and which ones will be removed. According to rumours, OxygenOS 3.5 will provide the first glimpse into how the merged OS will appear.
On a related note, California-based Cyanogen Inc has started rolling out new features from Microsoft's virtual assistant Cortana for OnePlus One users in India. The company said that the 'Cortana India update' will automatically start rolling out to the users when they are connected to a Wi-Fi network. The company incorporated Cortana in OnePlus One back in January this year with CyanogenOS 12.1.1. The update was then rolled out only in US and China. In April, the Guangdong-based One Plus started rolling out the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for OnePlus One users.
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