At the Global Mobile Internet Conference in Beijing, Cyanogen Inc.’s Steve Kondik and Kirt McMaster have revealed that the company is parting ways with OnePlus.
Last year, Cyanogen Inc. teamed up with OnePlus to launch the One — a budget smartphone with high-end internals. Despite receiving a lot of criticism for their marketing and invite system, OnePlus One was easily among the most popular handsets launched in 2014. The handset helped not only OnePlus, but Cyanogen Inc. as well.
However, both companies have had their fair share of differences as evident from all the drama behind the rollout of Cyanogen OS 12 for the OnePlus One in India.
Steve Kondik, the founder of CyanogenMod, said that this was the last time the two companies have worked together, and that when “two new companies are trying to do crazy stuff, a lot of people collide.”
Cyanogen Inc.’s loud mouthed CEO, Kirt McMaster, expressed his unhappiness with how the partnership went with some bold statements. He said that without Cyanogen’s software, OnePlus would have hardly made a mark in the international market.
“Without Cyanogen, OnePlus would have sold like one device in international markets,” McMaster said in an interview. “Essentially they built their brand on the back of Cyanogen.”
Carl Pei, co-founder and CEO of OnePlus, said in an email that the partnership with Cyanogen Inc. was “mutually beneficial,” and that both companies would not have been where they are today without their combined efforts.
Cyanogen Inc. is now looking to partner with some Chinese OEMs who can scale much more quickly compared to OnePlus. Cyanogen Inc. is already pre-loading its OS on the Yu Yureka in India, and has also teamed up with Qualcomm to provide its OS for some of the chip maker’s reference devices.
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