It took but came. OnePlus has suffered many delays with the update to Lollipop. As you know he did it in two flavors: CyanogenMod 12S and OxygenOS. The first was a continuation of the original software that had this terminal, but also is the latest version that we will see with the Chinese manufacturer support. The second was the debutante, that would mark the path of the next versions. I decided to go for the latter, the path of the future of OnePlus.
I chose it for the simple reason to keep me in line I OnePlus wanted to pursue. With CyanogenMod 11S was very happy but I wanted to try something new. In addition, Alejandro (our colleague here in Xataka Android) chose the other ROM before me and to try each one with a different version we could contrast opinions. I’ve been a month using it and the experience has been rather disappointing. I explain it to you.
Too much noise and little oxygen
OxygenOS was presented as the new boyfriend of the OnePlus. After having broken with CyanogenMod, the Chinese manufacturer needed a new dance partner for your phone. He did well to choose its partners: the guys from Paranoid Android with a wide and proven experience in developing ROMs. Beyond Cyanogen, is one of the most competent and powerful teams. Together, they created this new version with base Lollipop.
It took to pull out it and, in addition, the installation was somewhat laborious since they could not serve a OTA directly from CyanogenMod 11S. Since we learned of the existence of this new ROM, OnePlus has given much hype and at the end was not so. Eye, is not a bad version, or you have optimization bug (although it is not free of small bugs) but what we are going to have with this ROM is nothing otherworldly, waiting was not so well worth.
Long name that is ahead, OxygenOS is in essence Android Lollipop 5.0. The team responsible for the software just has added features to this version and what leaves us in a software similar to that you would see, for example, in a Nexus. In fact, lost a lot of features that were available with Kit Kat in the previous official version of the OnePlus.
There are no issues, File Explorer applications have been removed and Cyanogen Gallery, nor is audio software… If you usabais all of this previously, I think that you better look version 12S and forget to OxygenOS. Another significant loss is the camera application, If with KitKat, we got to take pictures in RAW, here we we must comply with the tasteless and rather short application of Google for the camera.
This last is perhaps what I’ve most noticed by jumping into OxygenOS: not having a decent camera application is exasperating. Which leads is rather limited and also has an interface that does not work: a band take up much space on the screen and access to controls is little intuitive. Steps back in all directions in search of a pure Android.
Not everything has been lost, fortunately, the gestures on the screen held, but in my experience with the OnePlus, are functions that I end up disabling. More than once has been activated me flash accidentally when she was Mobile in the Pocket. Turn on the display with a double-tap is maintained, but instead lost to do that same motion to turn it off.
Customization options, as I said, are rather scarce. There are no issues and in the end the only thing we can change is power panel where we can change the order of the icons, but we cannot put or delete others. “I want and I can not” that leaves a bitter taste.
Experience with OxygenOS after a month of use
Despite the many drawbacks that I have given so far to the ROM, one thing is indisputable: works very well. There are no problems with connections, everything moves very smoothly and the autonomy of the OnePlus has not been affected with the update. While Lollipop has many detractors, in this case the optimization work is superb. Works, but not daring to put new options.
All this month, I have only had a couple of unexpected reboots, something that I happened to your day with CyanogenMod 11S and be something very punctual can not take at face. This first version of OxygenOS, as I said above, is not free of bugs and one of the more curious, and repeat offenders, that I found was that the clock application suffers an unexpected closure when I lose network and later the recovered. Nothing serious, it does not affect the operation of the alarm nor does not lose time.
What most worried me with change was the battery consumption. The reality is that I have just the day with percentages similar to which they had when I used KitKat. If I don’t give you much use (a weekend for example) I can be two days with the same load without problems. During the week, where it is much more intense, it is normal to finish the day 15 to 5% of capacity.
The rest stays as is and the experience is identical to that you would have with any other top with Lollipop hair. It works well, we can enjoy everything what offers the latest version of Android… It is a well designed tool but lacks soul. If it weren’t for the animation of home when I turn on the terminal, I’d say it’s one ROM more.
What I most missed was the claw that had the OnePlus with CyanogenMod 11S. More customization options, elements that made it unique and that made me feel that I was using this phone and not another. With Oxygen, I feel use a smartphone with a ROM that could well have it installed on my own of any home developer who had a version made with few options for customization.
It has no soul, it is functional but has lost much charm. Let us hope that in future updates change this and that OxygenOS will become a more attractive ROM. At the moment, CyanogenMod 12S is the most attractive option. Let us hope that at the end of the year, when a new OnePlus, take advantage to expand functions. What have launched now seems more a fast product to get out of the commitment that failed: have Lollipop 90 days after it was released.