Last weekend we reported that invites were rolling out to a few lucky OnePlus followers. The invitees were able to purchase the device but the issue was that there was a software bug preventing it from shipping just yet. At the time there was no mention of the issue although camera software was speculated on the OnePlus forums.
Turns out the delay was related to the June 5 OpenSSL vulnerability – the CyanogenMod team wanted to get the issues patched before shipping their devices. CyanogenMod have a lot of extra security tweaks in their rom and it’s good to see them put the users’ security first.
A new release means the whole firmware needs to be re-certified (including QA time), but we believe the security benefits outweigh the delay. So yes, there was a new build issued at fairly last minute, but it wasn’t due to missing set deadlines or expectations.
There was some speculation on the OnePlus forums that the devices would be shipping this Friday but there didn’t seem to be any official word from the main OnePlus people themselves.
Turns out customer service got it right. The OnePlus One’s are currently winging their way around the world to various locations. They are shipping via Royal Mail surprisingly as it was expected to ship from local warehouses in the release countries. Makes you wonder why they couldn’t just direct that mail towards Australia. Maybe they didn’t want to manufacture our AC plugs at this stage?
The statement that some may not like: “Thank you for your patience, trust and help in testing our product” is another talking point. It means that people are paying for the right to be testers for them. Obviously being a startup company, everything is untried and untested. Customer service, distribution, manufacturing, software, all of it new. Hopefully OnePlus can pull it off as they have certainly come in for their fair share of criticism regarding their marketing strategies and their invite system. They do not need any more.
Anyone else got a shipping notice? Are you over it or are you too waiting for an invite to hit your inbox every minute of the day?