Android 5.1.1 Lollipop Released for OnePlus One, Rolled Back after Serious Complaints!

OnePlus were recently aiming to give their users some new updates to the operating system of the OnePlus One, bringing it up to Android 5.1.1 after a long period of users requesting this constantly. And even though they actually released the update at one point and users started downloading and installing it, the company has now rolled back the OS version to the previous one and the update is no longer available for download.

According to reports, about 2% of the company’s users have been able to get their hands on the new OS version, but even those might be disappointed by the official explanation as it has some negative implications for them. Current reports claim that the update suffered from major issues and had to be pulled out before the company faced problems with their reputation, something which was apparently right on the verge of happening due to the significant nature of some of the problems.

While no official explanation has been given yet about the exact nature of those issues, we hope that the company manages to recover from the situation and release a proper update soon, because their users have been quite displeased with the way they’ve handled this update and have been expressing a lot of disappointment over the direction of the company’s recent developments in general.

It’s worth noting that OnePlus are using a customized version of the Android operating system and there might be some specific issues related to some of the patches included in the OS, and their own device hardware – but until an official statement has been made about the situation we can only guess and hope that the problem will be resolved sooner.

Until then, users can of course rely on unofficial release channels to get a more recent Android version, but that comes with its own risks and is generally only advisable for those who know what they’re doing and understand the risks involved in the flashing process in detail. While nowadays it’s relatively easy to flash an Android smartphone properly and make use of the advanced features of some custom ROMs, the process also comes with a complete warranty void in most cases and it can rarely brick a device too.

But in the end, the OnePlus One is aimed at users who want to get the most out of their devices and know what they’re looking for – that “never settle” slogan stands for something, after all – and the company is well aware that their users like to flash their devices.

It’s generally better to rely on the official software updates for this though, especially when using an OS that’s already been customized by the manufacturer. Things like special launcher features and apps that make full use of the phone are not uncommon, and sometimes it’s better to just wait for official updates instead of forcing them through a manual flashing procedure. That is, of course, when those updates work correctly and aren’t pulled out immediately afterwards.

OnePlus One

The situation with the 5.1.1 update for the OnePlus One remains unclear at the moment, with many people expressing their disappointment on discussion boards and claiming that the company should at least some out with some official statement about the situation and inform their users about the kinds of problems they can expect with the new version if they’ve been able to upgrade to it and can’t roll back at the moment. It’s basic responsibility in those cases, some say.

10 comments

  1. I’ve been running Cyanogen OS 12.1 since it’s release last week, no real issues to speak of. Pretty smooth. Wonder what issues others are having.

  2. I’m part of the 2% who got the update, and as far as I can tell it works just fine…

    (And I’m definitely a power user)

  3. I too am a part of 2% I too don’t have any major issue as such.. But minor issue like dial numpad gets overlaid by other upper layer so 1 2 3 are not visible and battery issue which I am facing before this update only.

  4. I got the update and don’t seem to have any obvious issues. A friend also did and is complaining of touch screen issues especially, but sites “many other problems”.

  5. Problems after 5.1.1
    1)heating quicky
    2 draining battery very fast
    3 fast charging gone
    But customer care offered some solution and it helped.
    One can call OnePlus one Customer Care technical support. Though what they advised was sounding stupid but it worked.

  6. Battery probs..LTE connection probs in india..apps failing…initial update removed system theme, had to format n reinstall..variety of bugs…

  7. I am part of the 2 percent and found this update to be overrally very nice, except for the horrible battery life, i only get 2 hours of on screen time now

  8. I have to say, I have not experienced many major problems beyond things that were meant to be. The dialer is a joke and is a huge step backwards vs the Google dialer available in previous versions. I understand Cyanogen is trying to distance themselves from Google. However the method for finding contacts on your dialer is reminiscent of how I did so on my flip phone so many years ago. Until recently I was certain my next device would be rooted and Cyanogen installed. Not anymore. I can’t believe such a great cutting edge company would expect users to settle for this junk. II want to smoke what they were smoking if they thought this would be an upgrade. Do what Google does better, and if you can’t…. Use theirs.

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