From a hardware standpoint, the surprisingly popular OnePlus One smartphone has been clearly superseded by the Snapdragon 810-packing 2. Yet as far as software goes, the market “veteran” remains on equal footing with the rookie.
Both handhelds now run modified versions of Android 5.1 Lollipop, the OnePlus 2 out the box, and the One following an over-the-air update started less than 24 hours ago. Of course, the latter’s OTA promotion will spread out in phases, so you may have to wait a little longer until it reaches all devices it’s intended for worldwide.
Alternatively, you can manually pull the Cyanogen OS 12.1 firmware from the first source link below, but a data backup and some caution are highly recommended in that case. If you happen to already run Cyanogen OS 12, which is essentially Android 5.0 in disguise, the second source link is the one you want to access.
The new bundle of software joy reportedly tips the scales at 645MB for folks upgrading from KitKat, and around 300MB if you were previously on the older Lollipop iteration. The list of enhancements and add-ons is headlined by something called LiveDisplay, which “intelligently adjusts your screen based on environmental conditions”, but you also get a faster and more frugal Cyanogen Browser, several user interface tweaks, general security improvements and better support for video and audio playback.
The widespread Stagefright vulnerability is addressed as well, and for some reason, the Chrome browser home page is modified to Bing. That’s, of course, easily rectifiable, and it doesn’t make the update any less enticing.