January 22, 2016
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oneplus oxygenos

For a while there, it looked like the OnePlus One had received its last update. Although owners of the smartphone have been squeaky wheels for ages now, an OxygenOS update seemed like a distant pipe dream. Today, however, the clouds parted as a post on OnePlus’s forums announced the long-awaited arrival of OxygenOS 2.1.4 on the OnePlus One.

The company boasts that OxygenOS 2.1.4 offers a clean user experience unencumbered by bloatware. However, this version of the OS will vary slightly from the OnePlus 2 variety. MaxxAudio’s proprietary sound technology and any relevant applications won’t be making an appearance, neither will the manual camera mode and RAW format compatibility. Naturally, the devs have left off the fingerprint support, since the OnePlus One lacks the hardware. There’s also no screen temperature slider.

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On a more positive note, you will be getting a slew of features you’ve been missing out on. Dark Mode and accent colors can be used to personalize your device, and there’s a nice selection of custom icon packs to boot. You’ll also have Marshmallow-esque App Permissions control.

Of course, you’ll need to download this update and manually flash your device since both the smartphone and the operating system are community sourced projects. No OTA for this. Check out the official announcement for links to the download and instructions.

OnePlus also offers these final words of caution, their formatting not ours: “Please note you will lose all your data. Also, do not try to flash this build through TWRP. You will most likely lose your radio and IMEI which means a trip to our customer support. It won’t lead to thermonuclear war but just don’t do it.

What are your thoughts regarding this spiced up version of OxygenOS hitting the lonely-but-not-forgotten OnePlus One? Tell us what you think in the comments below! Also, let us know how your experience with your OnePlus device has been so far.

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