Just a week ago, we posted on how OnePlus had to stop selling the OnePlus One in India because local retailer, MicroMax claimed an exclusive partnership with Cyanogen. OnePlus has a non-exclusive agreement with Cyanogen to ship the flagship international using the CyanogenMod software. With this, Cyanogen was not to work with any other OEMs to bundle its software for a stated period of time.
Cyanogen however, tried to rescind the contract via an email and break the agreement. OnePlus could have said to be gravely wronged and the company is looking to bring the case to a courtroom soon. In that sense, the Delhi court has nothing to rule on as usually a lawsuit is dealt with in the country or state it was made – in this case, say hi to pretty and sunny California.
Before breaking off its relationship with OnePlus, Cyanogen entered into an exclusive deal with Indian manufacturer, Micromax. The agreement was to bundle the CyanogenMod operating system with headsets from Micromax in India. With this agreement, Cyanogen lost rights to have its software be carried by any other OEM in the Bollywood market. Hence, OnePlus hit a huge hurdle. The company had just released the OnePlus One in India, which of course, carried CyanogenMod OS.
The Delhi court decided in favour of Micromax and has banned the OnePlus One from being sold in the market. One exception is that the company can sell whatever stock it shipped to India and no more. But, a twist has finally made some leway for OnePlus!
Just a few days ago, the Delhi High Court decided to lift the ban on the flagship as according to him, “prima-facie neither (OnePlus or Micromax) competes nor eats into the territory of the other.” The judge released a marvellous reasoning that Micromax is aimed toward the entry level segment of the market whereas OnePlus looks to the high end market. The case has been reverted back to the judge who issued the injunction. A hearing is set for January 7th that will decide OnePlus’s fate in India but till then, sales are back on.
When the trial goes to court, the judge will be hearing from OnePlus, MicroMax and Cyanogen. Sadly though, even if OnePlus is in the clear, the company officially announced that it will no longer be issuing updates to users residing in the country. The company is however, looking to make its own custom ROM to remedy the issue and should be rolling out early next year.
We’ll be following this story closely and keeping our dates cleared for January 7th cause we’re quite interested to see which side is victorious. What do you think? Who is out to win this battle? Are you a OnePlus user residing in India, how do you feel about the issue at hand? Let us know in the comment section below. We would love to hear from you!
Source: XDA Developers