Now that OxygenOS has finally shipped for OnePlus One owners, the focus has of course turned to when Cyanogen will ship the CM12S update for the OnePlus One. Cyanogen himself in the comments on a Google+ post, has advised that the update is still in certification but they’re hoping to have it ready to ship in a day or two.
The update to CM12S will ship when it’s ready – that’s always been the case with CM updates, the old ‘Don’t Ask’ when referring to updates has of course been ignored but it’s still a thing when dealing with CyanogenMod. Luckily in this new corporate world, Steve Kondik has actually responded in comments and it’s a fairly good response.
When asked what’s happening, Steve replied lightly, before getting a bit more serious :
The truth is that we’re just drunk and lazy. Seriously though, a new test suite came out because of MR1 literally the same day as we submitted, and so we had to redo the whole process with the new one.
Before responding more matter of factly:
It’s just as frustrating for us because we are in scramble mode and really want to ship our hard work. Hopefully we’ll get the signoff in the next day or two. We’ll immediately send the OTA as soon as we get that email 🙂
The OTA itself will be a full image that will convert everyone over to the new block-based format from Android 5.0 to allow developers like CM to update the partition format of the device.
This OTA will actually be a full image instead of an incremental so that we convert everyone to the new block-based format. So no problem there.
On the update process, and providing a full system ROM to flash instead of an OTA for users coming from OxygenOS he advised:
we usually send the OTA in batches and watch our systems for any weird logs at first. Since a lot of users make changes that we can’t always predict, we have to make sure things aren’t breaking. For example, we just learned that the recovery they (Oxygen) are installing (some TWRP version) often fails to flash all of the baseband images, bricking tons of devices to EDL mode when they try and return to CM. We have a setup that I’m comfortable with my Mom using, but there’s no real way to accommodate for arbitrary mods of the stock ROM.
So, the end result is that CM12S is coming – we knew that – but we know it’s coming soon. Just have to wait for the certification and it will ship out.