Official: OnePlus and Cyanogen Have Broken Up

My, how quickly things change in the world of technology. In their humble early days, both OnePlus and Cyanogen were viewed as the game-changing underdogs, seeking to disrupt the wireless industry. The OnePlus One has been a resounding success and what was once an “underground” Android hack has become quite the popular OS in its own right. It seemed like a match made in heaven, but now Cyanogen and OnePlus have decided to part ways. Won’t somebody think of the children?!

All kidding aside, it’s not like we didn’t see this coming. The two companies may have appeared amicable early in their relationship, but several events put a strain on this partnership. Perhaps the most notable was when the OnePlus One was banned in India, because Cyanogen decided to sign an exclusive agreement with Micromax there. As a result, OnePlus went ahead and developed its own Oxygen OS instead. With this falling out, the assumption is that OnePlus 2 will be powered by Oxygen OS too.

Both companies started out as disruptive, scrappy little underdogs, but they’re both moving toward being a little more conventional and little more corporate. OnePlus has started selling its phone through carrier channels and not exclusively through its own website, whereas Cyanogen has inked a deal with Microsoft for greater software integration. They’re playing with the big boys now. Growing up is hard to do.

Via Mobileburn

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