Yu Televentures CEO Rahul Sharma announced a new initiative to make software for Yu’s four devices available to developers on an open source basis. Yu is hoping that developers will contribute to its entire stack of mobile software, from the Android ROM, to chipset vendor repositories, and Yu’s own customizations.
The project, dubbed Highway, is now live on developer.yuplaygod.com, and according to Sharma, its goal is to keep Yu Open OS devices up to date on a continuous basis.
That all starts with beta Marshmallow builds for the Yureka, Yureka Plus, Yuphoria, and Yunique. The beta ROMs can be downloaded and flashed right now.
A stable build for regular users is coming within 30 days, according to Sharma’s post on the Yu forums.
Despite a strong rebuttal from Cyanogen, it seems that Yu Televentures is committed to leaving Cyanogen OS behind in favor of its homebrewed OS. The exclusivity agreement between the two companies ended earlier this year, as Lenovo announced it was preparing to release the Cyanogen OS-powered Zuk Z1 in India. But the partnership seemed shaky from the beginning – Yu’s second device, the Yuphoria, ran Cyanogen OS, but a version running stock Android was released soon after.
To be clear, the Marhsmallow beta is Yu’s own OS, not Cyanogen. It’s not clear when will Cyanogen push the Marshmallow updates to Yu’s devices.