Only two weeks have passed since the OnePlus One started being sold on Amazon India, but now the OnePlus One is banned in India because of a patent infringement notice from Micromax. Apparently, Micromax has appealed to the high courts of Delhi, saying that OnePlus is infringing its Cyanogen patents, invoking the recent partnership between Micromax and Cyanogen. Consequently, the courts of Delhi agreed with the Micromax claim and the OnePlus One is banned in India starting today.
Xiaomi has been experiencing similar patent infringement accusations from communications giant Ericsson, and its phones are now banned as well in India. The OnePlus One is banned in India because of the Cyanogen logo on the back of the device, which Micromax considers to be a negative effect on its own marketing. That’s because Micromax is preparing to launch its own line of Cyanogen smartphones tomorrow, advertising decent specs and low prices that would definitely be considered direct rivals to the OnePlus One and Xiaomi smartphones. Even though the flagship killer has just been launched on Amazon India as the exclusive retailer, it seems that the OnePlus One had a short run in India.
The OnePlus One is banned in India now, and the company is no longer authorized to sell or market the flagship killer in the country, which comes as a hard blow to the already unstable company. While we don’t think that the fact that the OnePlus One is banned in India will influence its development too much since the company is opening a store in China on December 20, it still comes as a drawback and prompts the company to rethink its strategies. Since Cyanogen is now a Micromax exclusive OS in India, the OnePlus One will most likely disappear from the country soon. Many are speculating that the OnePlus One is banned in India because Micromax is afraid of the competition, others say that Cyanogen is the backstabber in this situation. Whatever the case may be, we will follow these developments and see how OnePlus reacts to them.