The Oxygen OS helped OnePlus to continue their operations in the smartphone market. After the dispute with Cyanogen, OnePlus had to develop their own operating system for their smartphones. That’s how Oxygen OS was developed and helped OnePlus to continue their operations. Today, Oxygen OS is the in-house stock operating system for all OnePlus smartphones.
The Oxygen OS and Cyanogen OS are very much similar with each other. The Cyanogen OS is the best Custom ROM developer for many smartphones. They are known for developing the highly customizable and high performance Android ROM’s for smart phones. They’ve done the same for OnePlus One smartphone. The Cyanogen developed Android based ROM for OnePlus One device which is highly customizable and fast. While, Oxygen OS, which is currently coming with Every OnePlus smartphone, is developed as a Stock ROM from OnePlus. The Oxygen OS is customizable, but not at the levels of Cyanogen OS.
Reason of Dispute Between Cyanogen and OnePlus
The dispute between Cyanogen and OnePlus was the reason of the birth of Oxygen OS. Actually, Cyanogen signed up an agreement and gave Non-exclusive rights to sell OnePlus One smartphones. But, when OnePlus launched in India, they found out that, Cyanogen gave Exclusive rights to use Cyanogen OS to Micromax. That’s why, OnePlus has to create a new OS based on Android and Oxygen OS was born.
CyanogenMod is an open source operating system for mobile and tablets. CynogenMod is based on Android OEM. It is developed as free and open source software which is based on official release of Android with added original and third-party code.
Features of Cyanogenmod:
1. Privacy Guard:
Recently with Android Marshmallow, Google has launched a feature called App Permissions. It enables you to specify which app has access to which system resources. Surprisingly, this feature is already present in CyanogenMod. It is called Privacy Guard. Privacy guard basically does the same work with some extra features of specifying root access.
2. System Profiles:
You can put your device on different modes depending upon your current state (driving, default or silent). In addition you can add more profiles and customize the profile according to your convenience.
3. Faster Update Cycles:
The days are gone when you have to wait for 3 months for a bug fix or for a newer version. CyanogenMod has a faster update cycle. This is a huge plus point as bug fixing and other updates can be integrated faster. You can schedule your updates for each day, every week or once a month.
This is one of the most highly appreciated feature of CyanogenMod. Quickboot is a joint venture of Cyanogen and Qualcomm. Instead of shutting down your phone completely, Quickboot kills all background processes and apps and puts the phone on an airplane phone. The advantage of this feature is that it save the boot delay time as the device starts up in 3 to 4 seconds. This feature, however is not available on all the models since it is a hardware dependent feature.
This is one of the most powerful and promising feature of Cynogenmod. You an entire community behind you so if in case you face any problem you can head over to your device’s XDA thread and ask for a solution.
Difference Between Oxygen Vs Cyanogen OS
The Cyanogen OS now has the latest version, which is 12.1 and the latest version of Oxygen OS is 2.1. Both the Operating systems are available for OnePlus one users. While Cyanogen OS 12.1 update can be performed via Over-the-Air feature, but the Oxygen OS has to be flash manually.
Those who are experienced in flashing a ROM, can easily update their old OnePlus One smartphone to Oxygen OS. The Cyanogen team already said that they’ll keep supporting the Cyanogen OS for old OnePlus one smartphones.
The Cyanogen ROM’s are mostly known for their customization feature. They can be customized as per the user’s imagination and needs. While the both operating systems look very much similar, because they are based on the stock Android. The user interface of both operating systems is slightly different.
On Cyanogen, you can tweak almost everything. From the battery icons to navigation panel, from notification panel to menu colours. Everything can be customized in Cyanogen OS.
On the other hand, Oxygen OS is now an in-house stock OS for OnePlus devices. So, it is not much customizable. Users can modify only a few things, like you can change the buttons and layout through ‘Quick Settings’ menu. In Oxygen OS, you get plenty of icon packs and customizable colour themes and the Dark Mode.
The Cyanogen OS comes with some inbuilt apps like Cyano camera, Cyano mail, Audi-Maxx and many other apps, which can drastically improve the User Experience.
Which One is Better? Oxygen vs Cyanogen OS?
Well, the answer varies as per the user behavior and needs. If the user is very interested in using his smartphone for a long time, keeps experimenting with it. The Cyanogen OS is highly customizable, so it would be interesting for those, who loves to tweak system settings. The Cyanogen keeps updating the versions of their OS and the users will get continued support. The Cyanogen OS comes with many updates and builds. You can download those builds and keep flashing them to try these newest ROM Builds. If you are a true geek, and love to flash ROMs, doing customization and tweaking, then Cyanogen OS is made for you.
On the other hand, Oxygen OS is a later addition. If compared with Cyanogen, it is a house-baked ROM for OnePlus devices. That’s why, all OnePlus devices will get quick updates and bug fixes. For those who loves everything being stable, Go On! Oxygen OS is made for you. But, if you own an old OnePlus Cyanogen Based device, then you’ve to download and flash it manually.