Why Chinese smartphone makers are turning to India

IndiaHONG KONG: The most important market for Chinese smartphone makers may no longer be China. For years, hundreds of millions of Chinese have bought new smartphones. In the process, they lifted the fortunes of local handset makers, from the well known like Huawei and Lenovo to the obscure like Coolpad and Gionee. But the era of fast growth is coming to an end in China, where the research group IDC said that phone sales fell 4% in the first quarter from a year earlier, the first contraction in six years. IDC expects no growth in China’s smartphone market in 2015.


One Plus, Micromax end dispute, OnePlus users to get Cyanogen OTA, from India

IndiaNEW DELHI: One Plus smartphone users in India will continue to get software updates of Cyanogen operating system, as the Chinese smartphone maker resolved an ongoing legal battle with Micromax Informatics through mutual consent. In a blogpost on its website on Friday, One Plus said that its customers and fans in India will continue to receive software updates from Cyanogen, in line with users in other markets as all legal proceedings have been resolved and cases have been withdrawn through mutual consent.


One Plus, Micromax resolve dispute over Cyanogen OS, from IN

IndiaNEW DELHI: One Plus smartphone users in India will continue to get software updates of Cyanogen operating system, as the Chinese smartphone maker resolved an ongoing legal battle with Micromax Informatics through mutual consent. In a blogpost on its website on Friday, One Plus said that its customers and fans in India will continue to receive software updates from Cyanogen, in line with users in other markets as all legal proceedings have been resolved and cases have been withdrawn through mutual consent.


Cyanogen Terminates Chinese OnePlus Deal

ChinaCyanogen will terminate its cooperation with OnePlus, a Chinese smartphone maker, and find a new hardware manufacturer partner. Cyanogen’s CEO Kirt McMaster and founder Steve Kondik reportedly made the announcement at a conference in Beijing. As a result of this decision, the exclusive system dispute between OnePlus and MicroMax, a smartphone maker in India, will also end. In 2014, OnePlus launched a smartphone product named OnePlus One in India, which runs on Cyanogen OS customized system and was well received in the local market.


Smartphone market in China becoming overcrowded

ChinaManufacturers in different industries are jumping into the smartphone business in China, resulting in fiercer competition and a less profitable market, reports the Beijing Morning Post. Over the past few months, several Chinese hardware and software makers alike, including 360 Security, LeTV, Gree Electric, Meitu, Datang and others, announced the launch of smartphones. The newcomers are carrying their brands from different industries hoping to make as much money as existing players.


Oxygen vs Cyanogen: a side-by-side review for OnePlus owners

ChinaOnePlus One owners are at a crossroads right now. The young Chinese smartphone maker is ending its relationship with the maker of its Android-based operating system, Cyanogen, after the latter struck an exclusivity deal with rival brand Micromax in India. In dire need of an alternative, OnePlus chose to build its own fork of Android Lollipop, which it released earlier this month. OnePlus owners looking to upgrade to the latest and greatest version of Android must choose between the two. The OnePlus ships with Cyanogen 11S, which is based on Android KitKat.


OnePlus Launches OxygenOS; Drops Cyanogen

ChinaOnePlus has officially launched its own Android ROM, following issues with Cyanogen that built a custom version of its CyanogenMod ROM for the OnePlus One in 2014. Rumors of OnePlus working on its own ROM started circling in January. Cyanogen decided to grab an exclusive partnership with Micromax in India despite already partnering with OnePlus elsewhere. It forced OnePlus to drop its smartphone in India while it worked on its own ROM.


Smartphone shootout in India today: Xiaomi Mi4 goes head-to-head with OnePlus One

IndiaToday is a red letter day in India for Chinese smartphone-makers: Xiaomi has flash sales for both 16GB and 64GB variants of its flagship killer Mi4 at 5pm India time. And OnePlus has a 24-hours open sale, where you don’t need an invite to buy 16 GB and 64 GB variants of OnePlus One, temptingly priced lesser than their Mi4 counterparts.


Cosmos One Plus from Cherry Mobile

PhilippinesMANILA, Philippines – The search is over for the country’s most powerful and affordable locally branded smartphone with the launch of the Cosmos One Plus. With the newest addition to Cherry Mobile’s extensive gadget line-up, the local tech giant once again takes a step forward in the industry as it stays true to its commitment to provide quality phones to fit every lifestyle.


China’s OnePlus targets flagship phones from big players

Carl Pei is only 25 and his one-year-old startup has set out to figuratively kill the other leading smartphones in the market. It’s certainly an ambitious goal for a Chinese company few may have heard of. But last year, his company OnePlus came out with a phone marketed as the “Flagship Killer” that went off and became an underground hit — not just in China, but also in the U.S, where the demand has outstripped the supply.


Chinese phone maker OnePlus hit with sales ban in India (UPDATE: ban rescinded)

(Update on December 26: OnePlus can resume imports and sales in India. The Delhi High Court has set aside a previous order that barred the Chinese smartphone maker from selling handsets based on the Cyanogen operating system in the country, according to the Economic Times. Original post from December 17 is unchanged below.) Chinese phone maker OnePlus has been barred by the Delhi High Court from selling, marketing, or importing phones in India. The dispute centers around OnePlus using Cyanogenmod’s version of Android, which is licensed exclusively in India by rival phone brand Micromax.


Delhi High Court lifts ban on sale of OnePlus handsets

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court has set aside a previous order that barred Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus from selling handsets based on the Cyanogen operating system in India, effectively allowing the company to resume imports and sales.  In a reprieve to the company, judges on Wednesday said the case “shall be heard and decided afresh”. The case will come up for hearing on January 7 under a single judge. “We dispose off the appeal, setting aside the impugned order dated December 16, 2014,” Justices Pradeep Nandrajog and RK Gauba said in their order on OnePlus’s petition, a copy of which was seen by ET.


OnePlus-Micromax dispute: HC reserves verdict

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court today reserved its verdict on the plea of Chinese phonemaker Shenzhen OnePlus Technology Co Ltd which has challenged the order restraining it from selling its devices in India for allegedly infringing the exclusive rights of Micromax with respect to use of Cyanogen software and trademark.


Our operating system is different from that of Micromax: OnePlus

NEW DELHI: Chinese phonemaker Shenzhen OnePlus Technology Co. Ltd today told the Delhi high court that its version of the Cyanogen operating system (OS) is different from the one that Micromax has an exclusive licence to for use in India.  Shenzhen was recently restrained by the High Court from selling its devices in India on Gurgaon-based phonemaker Micromax Informatics Ltd’s plea that its exclusive rights were being infringed by the Chinese company.


OnePlus may contest High Court ban on import, sale of its phone

NEW DELHI: Chinese handset maker OnePlus is likely to challenge a Delhi High Court decision that bars it from importing and selling its OnePlus One smartphone in India, even as the company said it will discontinue local production of the device which it makes with US-based operating system maker Cynogen.  The court’ directive had come on a plea by Indian handset maker Micromax Informatics, which sought a temporary injunction against OnePlus saying it had infringed upon the exclusive rights that Micromax had acquired from “ambient services and application distributions agreement” with Cyanogen.


Delhi High Court bars OnePlus from selling in India

NEW DELHI: Chinese device maker OnePlus has been restrained by the Delhi High Court from marketing and selling of handsets bearing the Cyanogen mark.  The court, after hearing the plea of Micromax Informatics, though allowed the Chinese company to clear its stocks through an interim order.  In the case 3761/2014 between the Micromax Informatics and Shanzhen Oneplus Technology, lawyers for the former argued that they have entered into “exclusive rights” with the US software developing company Cyanogen, and alleged that OnePlus has breached its rights.


OnePlus One arrives in India, ready to battle Xiaomi and Micromax

China’s OnePlus launched in India today, pricing the 64GB version of the OnePlus One phone at INR 21,999, which is US$355. It runs CyanogenMod’s version of Android 4.4. It’s available exclusively on Amazon India. OnePlus’ entry into India comes five months after Xiaomi first ventured into the country. The launch of the OnePlus One looked in peril late last week when it emerged – much to the apparent surprise of OnePlus itself – that CyanogenMod has an exclusive partnership in India with homegrown phone maker Micromax.


India to be our biggest market in next few months: OnePlus

NEW DELHI: Bullish on the multi-billion dollar opportunity in the Indian smartphone segment, Chinese handset maker OnePlus today said it expects India to become its biggest market in the next few months.  At present, China is the biggest market for OnePlus, which announced its foray into India today with the launch of its ‘One’ smartphone at Rs 21,999.


Micromax-Cyanogenmod Tie up, Put OnePlus One at Stake in India

Just when Amazon India and OnePlus One were gearing up for the release of One’s phone, Cyanogen, the Android ROM developer, has announced an exclusive deal with Indian Smartphone manufacturer Micromax. According to the deal, Micromax will be the sole copyright holder of CyanogenMod based smartphones.


In a counter to Xiaomi on Flipkart, OnePlus ties up with Amazon to launch in India

Last week, Xiaomi launched its Redmi Note in India. The smartphone will be sold on India’s leading ecommerce platform Flipkart exclusively. In fact, there’s nowhere else you can buy a Xiaomi phone in India. Flipkart is the exclusive sales front for Xiaomi’s entire range of popular, attractively priced phones with cutting edge specs in the country.