OnePlus, a day after announcing the new permanent price cut for the One handset in Europe and the US and its partnership with Dropbox, has given details on the upcoming Android 5.1 update for the ‘One’ smartphone. The firm has also confirmed the name of the next generation OnePlus handset in a couple of forum posts about contests that will let users experience the ‘OnePlus 2’ first.
While the first post titled “Photo Mania 2015 – Be the first to experience the OnePlus 2!” talks about a Photo Mania 2015 contest, the second named “Your OnePlus Story – Be the first to experience the OnePlus 2!” gives details on the Your OnePlus Story contest. Both the posts mention “OnePlus 2” several times inside confirming the name of the upcoming smartphone, and winners will get all-expenses-paid trips to the firm’s headquarters in Hong Kong to check out the next smartphone ahead of the launch.
Last month, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau, while talking to his Weibo followers about the smartphone tipped the price and ‘nearly’ confirmed the processor for the handset to be Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 SoC. We already know that the OnePlus Onesuccessor will be released in Q3 2015. Lau agreed with some of his followers who had suggested a price of CNY 2,499 (roughly Rs. 25,000).
Meanwhile, it has been also announced that while OnePlus users worldwide would be receiving Android 5.1 Lollipop-based CM 12.1 “soon”; the update for OxygenOS with the same Android build is currently on hold and will be made available for the OnePlus One only after the OnePlus 2 itself is launched. Notably, the entire team for now is said to be working on the OxygenOS release for the OnePlus 2, and can’t focus on the OxygenOS OTA update for the One handset side-by-side. As for the Cyanogen OS 12.1 update, the OnePlus team says a preview build is currently undergoing factory testing and Google certification.
Also, the firm said it is working on a fix for the touchscreen issues reported by few OnePlus One users. “Some of you have been experiencing touchscreen issues, we’ve gone through several iterations of the fix to make sure the solution works with the different panels we have, and eliminated some of the side effects we’ve seen like battery drain and mura effects. The last iteration is undergoing stringent testing, it’s looking stable and promising. Both OxygenOS and CM will get the latest fix,” said the OnePlus forum administrator.