​No, OnePlus One smartphones sold in India won't get CyanogenMod updates

Cyanogen Inc says that if Indian users want a OnePlus with CyanogenMod updates, they'll need to buy it outside of India.

Consumers in India who buy the local version of the OnePlus One handset will not get CyanogenMod updates in the future, Cyanogen Inc has confirmed.

It seems Cyanogen is having some issues explaining what's changed for consumers in India after it signed an exclusive agreement to distribute its Android ROM there on a new line of YU-branded devices from Indian smartphone maker Micromax.

Until now, OnePlus and Cyanogen Inc have been delivering the ROM to OnePlus One handsets in the 17 markets the device has launched in to date. However, just before the device's recent launch in India, OnePlus announced that an exclusive deal between Cyanogen Inc and Micromax effectively broke its commitment to Indian users: while the One will ship to India with CyanogenMod installed, the devices there will not get further over the air (OTA) firmware updates.

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OnePlus said it was surprised by Cyanogen's tie-up with Micromax because the company had developed a version of its ROM that was compliant with Indian laws only a month earlier - that version will be the first and last to be installed on OnePlus One devices sold in India.

As OnePlus noted, in the 17 other markets the One is sold in, it will still get Cyanogen updates, while Indian owners will be served a new ROM, based on Android 5.0, that's currently being developed by OnePlus.

Late last week Cyanogen Inc wanted to address "inaccurate information" about what the exclusive arrangement with Micromax meant for India's One owners.

"To clarify misinformation out there, the OnePlus One will get OTA firmware updates for all global devices, including global devices for our users in India," Cyanogen Inc said in a blog post last week.

Cyanogen Inc's clarification, though, caused more confusion, chiefly because it didn't explain what the status would be for devices actually sold in India.

To make it absolutely clear, the company posted another blog on Sunday explaining that as long as a consumer in India bought their One handset outside of India - that is, it's deemed a "global device" - they'll continue to get Cyanogen OTA updates once that device is in India.

"As we had pledged to our users, OnePlus One global devices will receive our OTA firmware updates. If a user in India purchased a OnePlus One global device in channels outside of India, they will receive our OTA firmware updates. However, this excludes OnePlus One regional devices sold directly in India. We are committed to our exclusive partnership in India with Micromax, which will be launching its first Cyanogen OS device under their new YU brand," the company said.

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