Those lucky enough to have already gotten their hands on the OnePlus One will also be among the first group of third-party smartphone owners to get an Android L upgrade. OnePlus has confirmed that it will be rolling out the new software to its users “within three months” of the final Android L release.
In a post on the official OnePlus forum, a company representative said:
So a lot – I mean, a lot – of people are asking about whether we’ll be getting on the Android L train. […]
Well, we’re keen to announce today that the OnePlus One will indeed be getting the L treatment. When, you ask? That depends on Google. We promise to have it done within three months of their releasing a final build.
The OnePlus One is one of a very small number of handsets that ships with CyanogenMod right out of the box. It currently runs a custom version of CM 11 that’s based on Android 4.4.2 KitKat, but aside from a handful of CyanogenMod apps and tweaks — like Theme Showcase and the Trebuchet Launcher — the software is close to pure Android.
Not only does that mean there’s no bloatware or design changes that users will have to avoid, but it also means that CyanogenMod needs less work than third-party interfaces like Samsung’s TouchWiz or HTC’s Sense. As a result, CM updates traditionally come pretty quickly when a new version of Android is available.
The One is still available on an invite-only basis right now, and immensely difficult to get hold of; though OnePlus has promised that a pre-order system will be introduced for its “flagship killer” during the third quarter of this year. If you’re still waiting to get yours, be sure to check out our OnePlus One unboxing.