Lenovo says Cyanogen OS is no longer exclusive to Micromax: Report

Seems like it is the end of the road for Micromax's Yu devices that exclusively ran the Cyanogen OS made by Cyanogen Inc in India.


Seems like it is the end of the road for Micromax's Yu devices that exclusively run the Cyanogen OS made by Cyanogen Inc in India. Lenovo now claims that its soon to be launched Zuk Z1 will also feature Cyanogen's software as told to Gadgets360.

Cyanogen, Micromax and Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus went through a rough phase last year, when Cyanogen suddenly decided to give exclusive rights to Indian smartphone maker Micromax for its Yu-branded smartphones. This took place when OnePlus had already started selling its smartphones with the Cyanogen OS. Just before the launch of its Yu smartphones, Micromax took OnePlus to court which led to OnePlus stepping down and building its own Oxygen OS for its handsets in order to keep selling them in the country. Post the legal tussle, only the OnePlus One smartphone was allowed to get Cyanogen OS updates.

Today, it is PC maker Lenovo who has taken over and claims that Cyanogen is no longer exclusive to Micromax smartphones in India. The company's new Zuk brand will feature the Cyanogen OS that is identical to the software you get on Micromax's Yu-branded handsets.

Turns out the exclusive deal with Micromax existed in the past. Cyanogen apparently confirmed to Lenovo that the software is no longer exclusive, which is why Lenovo is now going ahead with the launch of its Zuk brand in the country.

The same was confirmed by Anuj Sharma, Head of Product Marketing - Lenovo. So now that the deal is done, we can now begin to expect more manufacturers to use Cyanogen OS in the smartphones.


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