OnePlus Launches “5G Apps of Tomorrow” Programme


OnePlus CEO Pete Lau was joined by Qualcomm President, Cristiano R. Amon, and EE CEO, Marc Allera, in a panel discussion where the three discussed the future and possibilities of 5G. OnePlus has launched “5G Apps of Tomorrow” programme to support and galvanize creators around the world to develop the next great apps for 5G.

During the panel, Pete offered his point of view on 5G technology, its applications, implications and potential development in the next 10 years. According to Pete, 5G smartphones will go through three stages of development: 5G 1.0, 5G 2.0 and 5G 3.0. In the coming three to five years, the world will be enjoying 5G 1.0.

“One of the greatest perks in smartphones and related applications for 5G 1.0 will be the massive improvement in data transfer speed, which will create an illusion where cloud data is stored like local data. In the following 5 years, to which we will be referring to as the 5G 2.0 era, smartphones are predicted to be able to achieve more mature AI functions to connect a much wider range of devices,” explains Pete on the development of 5G. He added that, “With the well-established infrastructure and diverse smart devices in the market after 10 years, we’ll be embracing the era of 5G 3.0, where everything is smartly interconnected and a truly burden-less experience can be achieved. The service will be there only when you need it, and be on standby out of your way when not needed.”

Paving the way for 5G Apps of Tomorrow

With the year of commercial 5G coming, the industry has been focused on hardware upgrades and have neglected app designs for the most part. Therefore, as a leader in 5G technology, OnePlus is thinking ahead and brainstorming ideas on how it could bring a better user experience to its customers both on in hardware and software.

OnePlus decided to launch “5G Apps of Tomorrow”, a challenge to global developers on designing a new 5G application that would benefit users. OnePlus is aiming to integrate industry resources and support the design of future 5G apps with talented developers.

With access to experts at OnePlus, as well as 5G smartphone hardware, and 5G network environments with support from EE, and consultation with Qualcomm Technologies, Inc, 5G Apps of Tomorrow will draw on the unique OnePlus community to reimagine 5G capabilities.

Applications to the program are open from today at and close on 26th March, and the eventual winners will be evaluated by a panel including the CEOs of OnePlus and EE, and executives from Qualcomm Technologies, and a community vote.

“OnePlus’ pursuit in 5G is a mission decided together with our community. We understand that the developer community is an essential driving force behind the development of 5G. This is why right now, we’d like to galvanize these talented developers and encourage them to be as creative as possible as we embrace the dawn of the 5th generation of mobile network,” says Pete.

Since founding, OnePlus has formed a community with a developer DNA. OnePlus One cooperated with CyanogenMod to customize its operation system and surprised users across the globe. The team was highly popular among Android fans and developers. With its own forum, the DNA and culture of OnePlus developer community has been preserved and extended.

Throughout the entire mobile phone industry, OnePlus has been a unique brand. Its tech community culture and flagship-only strategy are also distinctive of such. Therefore, it is inevitable that OnePlus will embark on the journey of supporting the developer community for future 5G apps.

The 5G Apps of Tomorrow programme offers several layers of support for creators, whether they’re professional developers or just getting started.

OnePlus will establish a 5G hub on its Forum, and from the pitches received, of those shortlisted, the Top 5 creators will then receive:

A paid-for trip to OnePlus HQ in Shenzhen to discuss their idea with Pete Lau
A OnePlus 5G device
Access to 5G experts via the OnePlus forums
Access to EE’s test environment
Financial support for one year