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Jan
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We're still a little woozy from the idea of Android ROM family CyanogenMod getting a legitimate hardware release from Oppo, but their second hardware partner appears to be on the fast track as well. According to the latest post from the Google+ account of startup manufacturer OnePlus, the One smartphone will be released internationally in the second quarter of this year. The OnePlus One (yes, really) would be the first phone designed from the ground up with CyanogenMod in mind.

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To say that this roadmap is ambitious would be an understatement. OnePlus still hasn't revealed any concrete hardware details for the One - in fact, the announcement is in the form of a logo and text on a stucco background. Considering that it takes at least a year even for major international manufacturers to design, build, and distribute a new piece of hardware, a claim that a startup company will finalize design and manufacturing in less than six months has to be met with some heavy skepticism. Or, to put it less diplomatically: I'll believe it when I see it.

That being said, OnePlus is in the midst of a media blitz at the moment, riding a wave of notoriety after their joint announcement with Cyanogen Inc. The software portion of the phone will be at least partially handled by the ROM builders, which should cut some time and money from the development cycle of the One. Will it be enough? We'll see once July 1st rolls around.

Source: OnePlus Google+

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

    HTC's legal team is throwing a pizza party today.

    • dario

      Nope sir. The Company OnePlus already get the Trademark for the name one+ (one plus) on a great range of consumer electronics. I think HTC has to think about HTC TWO or they maybe go back to HTC One X :P

  • Tomáš Petrík

    So basically the short name of this phone is "Two".

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      Wonder if the codename will actually be "Two"

      • Pushkar Kurhekar

        It would be awesome if they did that, though.

  • thartist

    Hmm... i'm seriously hoping (but rather not expecting) them to NOT screw up like Oppo with a very niche device.

    COME-ON-BE-SMART-AND-DO-IT-COMMERCIALLY-VIABLE! Open that market!

  • Frank Lopez

    I find absolutely no appeal on any cyan hardware. That oppo is fugly.

    • brkshr

      I agree, but they had to start somewhere. That is their first and only phone. So by saying "any cyan hardware", you're talking about one phone... A huge manufacturer gave them a chance and they took what they could get. I think they will do better if they have some design input on the OnePlus.

  • brkshr

    I REALLY hope they don't skin CM. Something they posted (I believe Steve Kondik posted it on G+), leads me to believe they are going to skin their UI. That would be a step backwards in my opinion.

    • Semianonymous

      CM has a built in theme engine. If you don't like the skin, change it

      • brkshr

        My main concern is the additional time it will add for them to update to the latest Android version when it's released. It just seems unnecessary. We have the theme engine, so we can theme it differently if we want. Not the other way around.

        I actually received confirmation earlier today from a well known tech writer that they are planning on skinning CM, but there will be an "off button" (so to speak) to disable it.

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