OnePlus, a Chinese Android phone brand announced in early this year that has drawn much attention in China and overseas, is building a team to develop a customized Android system, just like many other Chinese Android phone makers such as Xiaomi do.

The in-house developed system will be loaded in the future models by the company sold in the mainland China. Its first flagship model OnePlus One, launched in April, came with Color OS, the custom Android system developed by OPPO (where OnePlus team were from) for mainland China users, and CyanogenMod (CM), an open source Android-based system, for overseas consumers. The company said their future phones for overseas market will still be with CM.

Xiaomi, one of the fastest-growing Android phone brands in China, made it clear from early on that Android phone and other hardware products would be only one of its businesses. MIUI, the custom Android system pre-loaded in Xiaomi hardware products and available for free download, and the Internet services carried by MIUI would be as important as, if not more important than, the hardware business.

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Tracey Xiang

Tracey Xiang is Beijing, China-based tech writer. Reach her at traceyxiang@gmail.com