OnePlus announced that it wants the users to pitch for a new feature for the company’s OxygenOS and OnePlus will implement it. The company is running a Product Management Challenge (PMC Challenge) in which it is asking the users for their best ideas, new UI features, they would want to have in their smartphones. And if the pitched idea wins the challenge the company will implement it in their phones. The winner will also receive prizes by the company including a OnePlus 7 smartphone.
To enter the competition, the user needs to come up with something new that he would want to implement in the OnePlus’s OxygenOS. Once it is done, they will need to submit it in the form of a product requirement document. The process is same as a real OnePlus employee would need to do, they need to go through a simplified version of the process the OnePlus product managers go through every day. The formatting instructions, information and details about the challenge is given on the OnePlus forum.
But, it is not as simple as it sounds, if a user wants to participate in this challenge, they need to prepare a PRD which is the Product Requirements Document and they need to answer these questions: Who are the users? What is the proposed function? What is the user value? If there are any existing comparable function in the smartphone industry then how is the proposed feature superior?
The challengers will also need to include the details of the feature, what the feature is and explain the logic behind to prove it. Also, they need to provide sketches that follow the flow of the interface.
The winners of the challenge will get the new OnePlus device, which launches with their feature in it. Not only that, they will also be flown to the launch event and will be treated like a VIP. The deadline for submissions is 22nd February 2019.
Looking at this, we do feel that the OnePlus 7 launch will either be in March or April, 2019.