OnePlus hired the key people behind Paranoid Android

by: Bogdan PetrovanFebruary 12, 2015

oneplus oxygenos team

OnePlus kind of let us believe it would show us at least a preview of its new OxygenOS today, but instead we’ve got news on who is going to develop the new OS – some of the leading figures behind Paranoid Android.

Paranoid Android is the most popular custom ROM project outside CyanogenMod. Offering stability and some unique features on top of a stock-like experience, PA secured tens of thousands of followers. Now some of the lead developers and designers behind it will be working for OnePlus to make OxygenOS.

Among the PA team members mentioned by OnePlus in a blog post are Aaron Gascoine (co-founder of PA, technical lead), Arz Bhatia (UI/UX lead), Carlo Savignano, Hieu Nguyen, Jesús David Gulfo Agudelo, and Yamil Ghazi. Besides these PA people, OnePlus purportedly has another 50 engineers dedicated to the project.

oneplus oxygenos logo

OnePlus also talked about the motivation behind the project (getting away from CyanogenMod is not mentioned, of course):

By doing so, we can offer better localization and faster updates. We can directly implement user feedback and make it easy for the OnePlus community to shape our ROM and create the OS that they want to use. Integration between hardware, software, and the cloud will become more seamless and unified for everyone using a OnePlus device. By creating our own software, we’re better able to work directly with our users to improve our OS. It’s something we’ve become quite fond of saying: when we work together, amazing things happen.

It’s not clear for now what will happen to the Paranoid Android project – will the PA team enrolled by OnePlus still contribute to the project? Also unclear is whether OnePlus plans to incorporate some of the features developed for PA into Oxygen OS.

We’re looking for more details –  meanwhile, tell us your opinion on this development.

  • flye

    What a surprise! No wonder PA has been quiet these few months

    • MasterMuffin

      They just releazed 5.0 Alpha, what are you talking about? :)

      • They were pretty quiet before that.

        • MasterMuffin

          Fair enough!

      • flye

        Which is after everyone else. Their rom is still very basic, non of the pa features inside.

        I hope they won’t abandon pa after being hired by one plus

  • Ormuz

    Now I’m excited…

  • Jordan Ross

    Oxygen OS is such a dumb mother effing name it is unreal. This is terrible news but the people behind PA deserve a steady paycheque for their hard work and creativity over the years.

    • MasterMuffin

      Hope this doesn’t affect PA. They’ll of course say its effect is minimal, but…

      • Wayne Peterkin

        We both know that it will but im happy to see both parties moving forward.

    • nieistotny

      Oxygen brings life, cyanide brings death. Nice resemblance to the earlier cyanogenmod cooperation. I know that most people go for catchy, gay apple-ass shaped logos and they don’t really care about the true content and functionality. Personally IDGAF about the name.

      • Jordan Ross

        Wow thats a great theory, I didn’t think about that. I still don’t like it though lol

        • Wayne Peterkin

          I like it though. Personal preference, every one has one

          • Android Developer

            sounds like a shampoo or a fragrance for me (if you ignore the “OS”) , but I don’t care either.

          • Wayne Peterkin

            Lol, it reminds me of KDE

          • Android Developer

            nice. it’s a theme for KDE, right?

          • Wayne Peterkin

            Yep. They even have the whole blue and black gradients going on just like on the theme in this photo

          • Android Developer

            was a long time since I tried Linux, but I tried a lot of distributions, just for fun.

          • Wayne Peterkin

            I plan to do the same. My schedule wont allow for me to do more than ubuntu and opensuse for now

      • Android Developer

        isn’t CM a gas that has cyanide in it or something?

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  • Rohan J Singh

    awesome news …. so whatever happens, happens for good ? :P

  • serendipity1002

    Seriously, all I think about when seeing the OxygenOS team’s photo is “Diversity”

    • Jake


      • Android Developer

        you mean Huehuehue

    • neoand12

      They look like failed CSI team.

    • Flip Jumpman

      Looks like the UN of ROM’s.

    • dkbnyc

      Dude on the left kinda looks like the real life version of Vector from Despicable Me!
      The group looks like the cast from some upcoming SciFi flick.

  • MasterMuffin

    Scrap the stupid Oxygen Os and start using PA!

    • Anonymousfella

      This is PA for OPO. Probably going to be the same, just re-branded. In such a short time, they can’t make up a stable, full blown skin/ROM can they?

      • MasterMuffin

        Sure they can. Oppo does beta releases too and they seem to already have a base built

        • Anonymousfella

          Well they can if they base on Oppo’s Color OS….but why hire PA guys then? I think they’re gonna rebrand PA for OnePlus One. Their core team is smaller than Oppo’s.

          • MasterMuffin

            Hope so :)

  • Clinton

    This is good news. Despite CM’s popularity, It’s PA that has always been more feature rich.

  • Phil Harkins

    Glad to see that Oxygen OS will be developed by people who know how make a proper ROM. I am also loving the Diversity in the photo.

  • Nazgul

    Solid move by OPO to move away from Cyanogen. CM has lofty design…like conquering the world.

    You don’t want that if you’re trying to grow your brand. Absorbing PA makes total sense.

    I’m still waiting for a stable CM12 release for my OPO and am rocking nightlies in the interim, but I’ll definitely try Oxygen when it gets rolled out.

  • SugarFreeTargets

    PA > CM

    I’m starting to think OxygenOS is going to be much better than CyanogenMod, now.

    • Me too! I always loved PA

    • Israel Ramirez

      I’m excited! Can’t wait till this hits my OPO :D

      • Wayne Peterkin

        Neither can i. What the heck is up with that pic, lol?

        • Israel Ramirez

          I’m Jiggly BUFF

    • Simon

      Lets hope thats why they are doing it.

  • Cannot wait for OxygenOS, I wanna see what OnePlus has in store for us.

    Paranoid + oneplus >>>>>>>>> Cyanogen

  • reggie

    I wanted OPO to have their own OS like Apple’s iOS, not a VM android thing. So it would be faster and better at the same time :) Dont make another ROM please

    • Ewe Zu Lin

      That is near to impossible. You know how much it cost for developing a new high quality operating system? And the problem is the OS might not be popular and they can’t get any profit on that. Look at Samsung’s Tizen.

  • ConCal

    Hopefully this will be the new Cyanogen and get supped on multiple devices. I’m sick of CM’s recent bs.

    • Wayne Peterkin

      Yes, that new militant attitude is just too much. Plus i dont like the direction that their ROM has taken.

  • Tony B

    The team is doing an AMA on reddit right now…

    The ROM release date is apparently sometime next month…..

  • wat

    Android diversifying has its positives and its problems.

  • Renascienza

    My opinion?

    Dude, for now that is the most “rock” news on 2015!

  • Akki

    Its Arz Bhatia, not the Bathia. :p

  • Wayne Peterkin

    Good move oneplus. I’ll be looking forward to this! And if thus is really your team it looks good.

  • Android Developer

    what features will PA give to the new OS?
    Also, will there still be some features from CM on the new OS?

  • Luvpreet Singh

    Will oxygen os be sent OTA?

    • Jehan Kateli

      I doubt it.

  • shamatuu

    wow why make this a big deal if the Rom isn’t ready and still have to wait another month for my Android 5.0 Lollipop. My God. Screw this company. As soon as my return tax comes in this month selling this phone and getting the Nexus 6 because this is ridiculous. I want it now not another month. You guys said three months and by my count it’s more like 4-5 months. Broken my trust. Not going to bother with your second phone.

    • jae

      If you’re in such a rush to get Lollipop, why not just flash a Lollipop ROM? Theres dozens of them available for OPO.

      • My name is….

        And pretty stable, i might add.

  • crutchcorn

    This will be interesting.. I do like PA more than CM also… But given corporate influence…