OnePlus gets the all-clear to sell phones in India, for now

OnePlus' plans for world conquest hit a roadblock when Micromax had the company's smartphones banned in India. It's reasoning was that they allegedly infringed on its exclusive right to use Cyanogen's custom Android software. However, it looks like the little phone maker that could is getting a reprieve -- Delhi's High Court has lifted the preliminary injunction that kicked OnePlus out of the country. The bench argues that this early ban wasn't necessary, since neither company really "eats into the the territory of the other." That makes sense: Micromax mostly caters to the low end of the market, while OnePlus is further up the ladder.

It's not completely over yet -- the judge who handed down the original ban will have to deal with the issue two weeks from now, when both sides will have more time to plead their cases. Whether OnePlus will stand a better chance of staying on the market after that view is unclear. And even if it does, this is still a messy situation. One phones sold in India can't get future CyanogenMod updates due to the deal with Micromax, so many locals won't get the same experience as their foreign friends even if OnePlus prevails in the courtroom.