We’ve spoken a lot recently about our new ROM, and we’d like to take a moment to share our goals and progress.
With the release of OxygenOS just around the corner, we’re officially starting a new chapter of the OnePlus story. And, we’ve got some Android rockstars on board to help us do it. Meet the team behind the future of OnePlus software, see our new logo, and find out what you can expect from our new ROM.
“Why are you developing your own ROM?”
By doing so, we can offer better localization and faster updates. We can directly implement user feedback and make it easy for the OnePlus community to shape our ROM and create the OS that they want to use. Integration between hardware, software, and the cloud will become more seamless and unified for everyone using a OnePlus device. By creating our own software, we’re better able to work directly with our users to improve our OS. It’s something we’ve become quite fond of saying: when we work together, amazing things happen.
“Who is on the OxygenOS team?”
Our team has some of the most talented industrial designers and mechanical engineers in the world, but developing a ROM requires an entirely new skill set. We needed to find people not only with great technical ability but also unique perspectives and insights on how to improve our users’ software experience. Through our strong connection with the Android developer community, we’ve come to know several talented engineers who have a background in creating a pure, user-driven experience.
With that in mind, we’re honored to introduce just a few members of our (extremely global) OxygenOS team:
Head of Mobile Product:
Helen (Canada): Helen worked as a software development engineer and program manager at Microsoft before moving on to various startups in the Seattle area. We are proud to have Helen leading and coordinating our OxygenOS team.
Android Technical Lead:
Aaron (USA): Creating his own custom Android ROM “cookies&cream” for the Nexus 7 at the age of 18, Aaron went on to help co-found Paranoid Android in 2012, serving as a team leader and software architect. Aaron has also worked for Intel, assisting the delivery of their Android Lollipop OTA. We are ecstatic to have him and his wealth of experience leading our team of developers.
Arz (India): At only 19 years of age, Arz has extensive experience in graphic design and possesses in-depth knowledge of Android theming, including UI frameworks. Creating some of the most popular themes on the Google Play store, Arz is the lead designer at Paranoid Android and the lead UI/UX designer for OxygenOS.
Android Development Team:
Carlo (Italy): Former medical student turned Android hacker. With years of experience as a Android engineer, Carlo currently contributes to Paranoid Android as a maker of awesome things.
Hieu (Canada): As a software architect at Paranoid Android, Hieu’s specialties include OS optimizations and power management. All-around “hardware enabler,” there is nothing Hieu can’t fix.
Jesús (Colombia): Creating several notable Android applications, Jesús is an independent developer and co-founder at Paranoid Android. He’s primarily working on an OxygenOS headline feature (which will be revealed soon)!
Karim (Lebanon): Karim is an entrepreneur and former software development intern at Google. He is the resident app developer on the OxygenOS team.
Yamil (Spain): Yamil is the “master of enterprise code,” bringing a new perspective to the startup space. He is responsible for the OxygenOS recovery module.
Of course, we have over 50 more engineers and testers working behind the scenes, and we couldn’t be happier to welcome each and every one of them to the OnePlus family.
“What can I expect from OxygenOS?”
As we’ve promised before, OxygenOS will not ship with any bloatware. We’re keeping it clean and streamlined for performance. We value things like battery life and system efficiency, so we’ve remained true to our ROM’s namesake and created a seamless experience that is lightweight and essential. This is reflected in our new logo for OxygenOS:
With OxygenOS being such an important part of the OnePlus lineup, we wanted our new logo to maintain the core principles of our brand. With a familiar shape and design, the OxygenOS logo is dominated by red, contrasting the negative space that characterizes the OnePlus logo. Together, these designs represent the harmony between hardware and software, working to create a perfect balance within the OnePlus ecosystem.
OxygenOS is built with the same focus on quality and community-driven design that you’ve come to expect from our hardware, and the simplicity of our new logo extends to the software itself. We care about providing our users with the best experience, and we will never differentiate just for the sake of differentiation. We promise that any additional features will be non-obtrusive and extremely useful (tap-to-wake and customizable navigation buttons, for example). With OxygenOS, we want to build something that works for users and gets out of their way. And, that’s exactly what we are doing.
“When can I download OxygenOS?”
There are various certifications that must be completed before releasing a Lollipop-based ROM, and this takes some time. We’ve decided to move forward with a fully-stable build, which is currently in the testing phase. Because this is our first major software release, we have to ensure that everything is solid and stable before making it available for download. We wouldn’t ask you to settle for anything less, and we appreciate your patience.
Want to get to know our new ROM team? Have some more burning questions? Good, because we’d love to give you some answers. Join Carl, Helen, Aaron, Arz, and Karim for a OxygenOS-focused reddit AMAA on /r/Android at 8AM PST, Thursday, February 12.
Have what it takes to help us build and improve OxygenOS? Let’s work together to create something amazing. Head on over to our careers page for current openings.