OnePlus has finally announced the Android 5.0 Lollipop update roll-out dates for the One smartphone. According to the company, the Cyanogen OS 12 update will be available for the global OnePlus One phones on or before March 30, while the OxygenOS will arrive for the Indian (as well as global variant) users on or before March 27, 2015.
The company blamed technical problems for the delays in the update availability.
“We never intended to keep you waiting. Unfortunately, we ran into some unexpected roadblocks. First, there was an unforeseen OS signing issue, which has recently been resolved. Our camera module had stability issues on Lollipop, and we had to rebuild it for compatibility. Several other crucial drivers, including our Wi-Fi drivers, also needed to be updated to work flawlessly with the upgrade. Admittedly, it took a little more time than we had planned, but we only release updates that we are proud of; that means refusing to take shortcuts or deliver sub-par experiences,” OnePlus wrote in a forum post.
Like all updates, the Cyanogen OS 12 update will be available over-the-air, but we are not sure how exactly OnePlus wants to push the OxygenOS to the Indian One users, as the whole OS needs to be changed (the Indian OnePlus One phone run on Cyanogen OS right now) and it will most probably require manual OS image flashing like you do with Custom ROMs. Anyway, we will hear more from the company, when the update is actually available.
OnePlus Power Bank now on sale in US
In related news, as scheduled the 10,000 mAh OnePlus Power Bank went on sale in the US market. It is now available from the company store in the country for $14.99. The company has stated tha the power bank will arrive for the Europe and Indian consumers soon. It did not share any specific release dates.
Update: OnePlus has stated that its power bank will be released in India and EU sometime in April.