The OnePlus team has created its own custom ROM based on Android 5.0 Lollipop and has an official build for the OnePlus One. Many devices have already received the official Lollipop update like Nexus devices, Moto devices, the Samsung Galaxy S5 and LG G3.
But there are other devices that are still stuck on Android 4.4.4 KitKat like the OnePlus One. The OnePlus One is not a regular device like other high-end smartphones. Usually, high-end smartphones come with the best specifications possible with the fastest processor, more RAM and bigger batteries and also with a high price.
The OnePlus One, also had the best specifications but the price was noticeably lower and it was incredibly difficult to acquire one. You had to get an invite from someone who had already bought the device and then get it for yourself.
If you are one of those lucky people who managed to get one of the cheapest Android devices with flagship specifications, you will be happy to hear that the OnePlus team has announced their custom ROM based on Android 5.0 Lollipop.
When the phone was launched one year ago, it came with Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Just a few weeks later, the company updated the device to Android 4.4.4 KitKat. Since then, there were no words about updates until now.
The custom ROM is currently in Alpha stage which means there are still plenty of bugs that aren’t fixed by the team. But since the company wanted its users to enjoy Lollipop on their devices, it released an Alpha build of the Lollipop ROM.
The ROM is very close to stock Android with a few changes like the ability to switch from hardware to software buttons. Other than that, it is the same experience that you will get from an AOSP ROM.
How to install Android 5.0 Lollipop custom ROM on OnePlus One
What doesn’t work
- Camera and video may be unstable
- The clock app crashes sometimes
- WiFi can be unstable
- OTA updates do not work
- Flash TWRP custom recovery on your phone.
- Download the ROM here, Gapps here and move them both to your phone.
- Turn off your OPO and boot it into recovery. To do so, hold the power and volume down buttons.
- Inside TWRP recovery, make a full system backup.
- Wipe system data, cache and dalvik cache.
- Install the ROM.
- Flash Gapps.
That is it. Now reboot your phone and wait for a few minutes. Since it is a Lollipop based ROM, the first boot may take a few minutes.