Tuesday, 12 October 2021 10:49

OPPO launches ColorOS 12, gets closer to stock Android

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Xi Zeng, software creative director for OPPO International Markets, expounds on the new ColorOS 12 features during Monday's launch. Xi Zeng, software creative director for OPPO International Markets, expounds on the new ColorOS 12 features during Monday's launch. Courtesy OPPO

Chinese smartphone maker OPPO has announced ColorOS 12, a new version of its modified Android mobile operating system, describing it as being closer to stock Android.

The release, on Monday evening, includes a multitude of new features, among them a more inclusive user interface, smoother performance, and features to help boost productivity.

Recently, B.B.K. Electronics, the owner of OPPO, merged OxygenOS — which was the modified Android developed for its more cutting-edge on its OnePlus line — with ColorOS and Monday's release is the first joint release.

pc connect

PC Connect allows for interaction across a Windows PC and a phone. It can receive notifications, transfer and edit files, and copy and paste text across the two devices.

The B.B.K. stable also includes vivo and gaming specialist brand iQoo. realme is also part of B.B.K. though it is not directly under the company's umbrella.

There are a host of avatars which can be used to create an online identity while using the operating system; they have been named Omojis, [below, right] a slight spinoff from the usual name, emoji.

omojiAnother feature of note is PC Connect which allows interaction across a Windows PC and a phone running ColorOS 12. It can receive notifications, transfer and edit files, and copy and paste text across the two devices.

There are 440 million users in 68 countries who use ColorOS; they speak 67 different languages, including Hindi, Thai and Bahasa Indonesia. Given that, the designers have had to work hard to ensure that there is a common look and feel across all the different fonts used for language interfaces.

There are about 300 improved animations which use the Quantum Animation Engine. New privacy features include Privacy Dashboards, Approximate Location Sharing and Microphone and Camera Indicators.

A public beta of the new version has been rolled out in Indonesia and Malaysia on the Find X3 Pro, OPPO's premium smartphone.

The ColorOS 12 rollout plan for Australia:

December 2021: Find X3 Pro

First half of 2022: Find X3 Neo, Find X3 Lite, Find X2 Pro, FInd X2 Neo, Find X2 Lite, Reno4 5g, Reno4 Pro 5G, Reno4 Z 5G, Reno 10x Zoom, A94 5G, A74 5G

Second half of 2022: A74, A53, A53s, A16s, A54s


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