The Chinese smartphone company will no longer sell its OnePlus one smartphone in India after a New Delhi court upheld a complaint by rival Micromax. On the same day, Chinese manufacturer OnePlus marking its one year anniversary, India now adds OnePlus to the list of banned smartphone company, another chinese phone maker after Xiaomi. In that short period of time the OnePlus team has brought us an amazing flagship smartphone – the OnePlus One.
The issue is due to the Cyanogen branding seen on the back of the OnePlus One, which Micromax mentioned was a violation of its exclusive partnership with the custom ROM vendor in India.
The exclusivity of the partnership was not revealed until earlier this month, which is when the OnePlus One officially launched in India. At the time, Cyanogen stated that it would not be able to provide software updates to users purchasing the OnePlus One in India (although users who bought the device from outside of India would still get OTA updates). It now looks like even the presence of the Cyanogen branding is an issue of concern. Here’s the statement Micromax provided to the Indian court:
Micromax incurred major expenses for creation of a brand exclusivity for providing to Indian customers mobile phones with Cyanogen operating systems… it would suffer irreparable harm and loss if the defendants (OnePlus) are permitted to continue with their illegal acts in violation of the agreement between Micromax and Cyanogen.
Here’s OnePlus’ statement in full.
In accordance with a judgement passed by the Delhi High Court, we will no longer be producing the OnePlus One with CyanogenMod to be sold in India.
We are still fully committed to serving our users in the region and, in light of this decision, are working to find a solution that will allow us to continue operations as soon as possible.
We regret the inconvenience this causes to OnePlus fans in India who have patiently waited for the opportunity to purchase the One.