OnePlus has begun the New Year by offering an alpha build of the Android 5.0 Lollipop based custom ROM for download. OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei had informed earlier about OnePlus plan to release its custom ROM alpha build before releasing their stable Android 5.0 build in February.
In a post released on the OnePlus forums yesterday, it has released the alpha build which will need to be downloaded manually as the update will not be available over the air till OnePlus releases its stable build in February this year.
OnePlus has also enlisted certain known issues that it is working on. For instance, data roaming will be on be default, camera and video may be unstable, 4K video is supported in the alpha build but quality is not up to the mark, clock crashes periodically, Wi-fi might be unstable, on first boot start time might be slow and so on.
OnePlus recommends that you use TWRP to flash this update. The archive does not contain Google apps, so if you’re planning to use Google’s services, you need to download one of the available packages. After flashing, a factory reset is required.This build is ideally being released so that OnePlus can identify issues cropping up via feedback from users and work on them to come up with a stable ROM.
OnePlus launched its flagship Oneplus One smartphone, priced at Rs. 21,999 for the 64GB version (Sandstone Black). The smartphone is available via invites exclusively on Amazon.in. A 10-day return policy by Amazon was also announced while HCL Care will exclusively handle after sales service across more than 20 service centres in India.
The OnePlus One runs Cyanogen 11S or CM 11S, with the ‘S’ signifying the customization for the One smartphone. Notably, CM 11S is based on Android 4.4 KitKat, while the company has issued several OTA updates bringing bug fixes and new features in the interim, with the latest in November taking it to CM 11S 44S – it ships with this version out-of-the-box in India.