(Pocket -lint) – ColorOS is Oppos’ perception of a custom Android skin. One that it preloads to all its phones out of the box, but with the next version there is a bit more intrigue. Earlier in 2021, it was announced that OnePlus and Oppo would release a unified operating system on all of its devices.
That means – with ColorOS 12 and Oxygen OS 12 (already announced) – we’ll likely see the once-separated lines between the two become very blurred. Here’s everything you need to know about ColorOS 12, built – of course – on Android 12.
- Release from December 2021
- Will be available for 110 phones by the end of 2022
Depending on your device, the software will vary when you get it. However, the rollout will start in December 2021 for Find X3 Pro, with other devices getting the update at some point in 2022. The plan is to have all included devices running the software before the end of that year.
One of Oppo’s major focuses for ColorOS 12 is to make design more inclusive for different regions and languages. This means adjusting the distance and design so that when the app titles are displayed in languages that have longer sentences and words, it fits naturally.
Oppo has also worked on its various language translations to make them more accurate, especially Dutch and Russian. It is offered in up to 67 languages, with UI and content layout customized for each one.
The information layout for the various app interfaces has been reorganized to make them more intuitive and simple to use. In addition, it has become more adaptive so that it can be adapted to any phone size and scale. This suggests that Oppo will eventually launch a phone for the masses with a foldable / flexible screen, where the screen size changes size.
Like OxygenOS 12, the app icons in the new version of ColorOS will have a subtle 3D element to make them less flat. Customization is still possible with several pre-installed shapes and sizes of the app icon, including Google’s classic Material Icons.
In Android 12, when you change your wallpaper, the accent color of your user interface also changes. In ColorOS, there is something quite similar. You can select a color theme in the customization screen or choose to choose four different colors from your applied home screen wallpaper and use them as a theme.
Maybe something that should have existed long before: Battery dashboard. It allows you to see in detail how much power your phone consumes during the day, so you can spot all significant power dissipations and see which apps can consume too much of your battery juice.
This includes an energy-saving option with a push that lets you quickly shut down all apps it detects, uses a lot of power, and prevents them from sipping your precious battery when they don’t have to. There are also other quick options, as stated by Oppo: “Disabling background activities, Disabling automatic brightness, Disabling high performance, Disabling 5G, Disabling 120 Hz / 90 Hz refresh rate, Disabling GPS, Setting the automatic screen switch-off time to 30 seconds, deactivation of edge lighting and more. “
Color Vision test / improvement
As part of the effort to make ColorOS more inclusive and accessible, there is a new option in the display calibration menu that allows users to create a custom color-enhanced profile based on how they see colors. To enable it, you run through a simple color vision test that assesses how you see colors, it can then determine if you need an improvement in color vision.
One of the biggest – or at least more important – changes is that the software is faster, smoother and less battery-intensive. Oppo says that it takes up 30 percent less memory than ColorOS 11, and that it can also lead to a 20 percent increase in battery life.
What’s more, by using a technique called code disconnection, it avoids memory fragmentation, which keeps it smooth and fast for an extended period of time. This should mean that your phone’s hardware performance only degrades by 2.75 percent over three years. In short: it should still feel fast and smooth 2-3 years after you buy it.
This seems to be a feature that many manufacturers are trying to get in place recently. PC Connect lets you connect your phone to your Windows desktop or laptop and use it to control your phone. When it launches – later in ColorOS 12.1 – it only requires an app to be downloaded to your PC, and then you can connect wirelessly.
This allows you to send photos and media files from your phone to your PC quickly. Using speeds of up to 45MB / s, you can transfer about 500 photos in one minute.
Android 12 features
Google’s version of Android 12 comes with a lot of new features, many of which are included in ColorOS 12. This means you get the dashboard for privacy, plus microphone and camera indicators, so you get to know when an app uses them . It also includes new accessibility features added to Android 12.
Another big focus was to get closer to stock Android by reducing the number of pre-installed apps and to things like Messaging, Phone and Contacts using Google apps rather than its own. It also means that unfortunately there is no pre-installed Relax app.
Does my phone get ColorOS 12?
If you have an Oppo phone from the last few years, the answer is probably: yes. Oppo has ambitious plans to roll out the software to 110 different models by the end of 2022.
Units included in the rollout plan seen by Pocket-lint include:
- Find the X3 Pro
- Find X3 Neo
- Find the X3 Lite
- Find the X2 Pro
- Find X2 Neo
- Find X2 Lite
- Find X2
- Reno 6 Pro
- Reno 6
- Reno 4 Pro
- Reno 4
- Reno 4 Z
- Reno 10x zoom
- A74 5G
Written by Cam Bunton. Originally released on .