Oxygen OS: a “pure Android experience”
OnePlus calls OxygenOS a “pure Android experience” that was specifically built and optimised for the OnePlus One smartphone; it’s based on Android 5.0.2, and it looks exactly like Google’s OS without the addition of a heavy skin from other third parties.
“In this environment where everyone is fighting to standout with custom ROMs, we think it’s important to go back to basics”, says OnePlus. “We place things like performance and battery life over gimmicks and bloated features”.
OnePlus says the features that have been added are subtle and important, instead of being added for the sake of differentiation. The company has released a video (above) demonstrating some of Oxygen’s additions: there are several gestures, customization options and the ability to reorganise settings. It doesn’t look all very different from what OnePlus One users are already using.
“We want to emphasize that we built this initial version so that you guys could begin taking a direct role in the future of Oxygen”, the company says. So, it seems that it’s not quite as polished as we would have hoped, as they are still open to feedback from its users.