- Oct 6, 2011
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The Alcatel Here 2+ was announced way back in March at Mobile World Congress. This was going to replace the OnePlus One as the Cyanogen OS flagship device. The OnePlus One partnership pretty much fizzled out and this Alcatel partnership looked to be the deal to keep the Cyangen OS ship sailing. It looks like the boat sank itself before leaving the harbor instead! Alcatel has released a statement on why they won't be partnering with Cyanogen for now.
ALCATEL ONETOUCH and Cyanogen, Inc. have made a mutual decision to forgo the release of the HERO 2+. At its announcement, the goal of bringing this device to market was to offer the most advanced hardware and software at an affordable price. The bar was set high and unfortunately the device does not have a clear Android 5.1 upgrade path. We therefore are committing to refocus our joint efforts on a next-generation product that can exceed the expectations of end users. Our teams remain dedicated to releasing an ALCATEL ONETOUCH device powered by Cyanogen OS, and are looking to share an update when we have more details to share.
So the reason they are giving is that there is no clear path to the Android 5.1 upgrade. The reason for this may be the inclusion of the MediaTek MT6592 octa core chip. It has been a staple in Chinese and Asian smartphones. Most of these smartphones are still on Kit Kat. There is little to know development community surrounding these devices since MediaTek does not publicly release source code per GPL publication requirements, and is said to charge OEMs for the source code.
Alcatel does still look forward to working with Cyanogen in the future so who knows maybe there is still hope yet.