"Micromax's co-founder Rahul Sharma, speaks to 91mobiles on the sidelines of DroidCon in Bangalore"
YU, the new online-only mobile phone brand spearheaded by Micromax’s co-founder Rahul Sharma, has been in the press a lot lately, mostly thanks to the controversy surrounding its software partner, Cyanogen. In a press release sent out last week, Cyanogen announced an exclusive tie-up with YU, under which it said it wouldn’t support any other devices shipping to India. Of course, this partnership put a huge dampener on OnePlus’ India plans, with the Chinese company retaliating by announcing a custom Lollipop-based firmware for users in India. Today though, in another bewildering move, Cyanogen posted on its blog that it would continue to support global units of the OnePlus One in India. To clear up the confusion on the matter, and talk more about what YU has to offer, we got a chance to chat with Rahul Sharma on the sidelines of DroidCon 2014 in Bangalore. He delivered a keynote at the event, where he announced the official forum for the brand, and mentioned that users would be able to root their phones and do whatever they want with regards to software, without voiding the warranty on their devices. Read on for excerpts from our interview. Some of the statements have been edited for the sake of brevity.
91mobiles: YU is going to be online only, so are you going to tie up with a specific retailer?
91mobiles: Can you tell us more about the software?
91mobiles: Are you going to be expanding to global markets as well?
91mobiles: You had said (at the keynote) that YU will have an India-specific marketplace for apps and themes, so when you take it global would you engage the international community?
91mobiles: YU was supposed to have an exclusive tie-up with Cyanogen. Do you feel Cyanogen’s announcement today has voided your agreement?
91mobiles: What about the press release from YU announcing the exclusive tie-up with Cyanogen?
91mobiles: So are you just going to have one device or are there going to be multiple devices?
91mobiles: So where will YU be based?
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