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OPPO unveils new innovations to ColorOS

By Sara Barker
Tue 3 Dec 2019
FYI, this story is more than a year old

OPPO has finally released its custom Android-based operating system outside of the China market, with the company celebrating the launch of ColorOS 7 last week in India.

While users can only experience the trial ColorOS 7 version for now, OPPO says the full rollout is expected to come to more than 20 OPPO phone models, starting with the Reno, Find, F, K, and A series models.

These will be rolled out across the regions of China, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East.

OPPO says ColorOS’ Infinite Design concept and range of tech solutions are designed to deliver an effortless, user-centered experience.

"OPPO sought to comprehensively optimize ColorOS, to make it faster and smoother for our more than 300 million users worldwide," explains OPPO ColorOS senior strategy manager Martin Liu.

"This update not only reimagines the system design but enhances the audiovisual and gaming experience. Plus, we have brought our Indian users many localized features to suit their specific needs, and we will continue to expand these localization efforts."

ColorOS 7 has adopted a ‘lightweight’ visual approach with a simpler user interface, OPPO says. This allows users to focus more on content. There’s even full icon customisation and Dark Mode.

Furthermore, ColorOS 7 features a new weather-adaptive alarm that automatically adjusts alarm sounds to weather. There are also sharp, new animations for charging, weather, and deleting apps.

OPPO and Denmark audio design company Epic Sound upgraded ColorOS’ overall sound system. “Inspired by nature, the new sound effects provide a more comfortable listening experience, not just for system controls, but ringtones, notifications, and beyond,” OPPO states.

For user privacy, there is a Private Safe, which transfers documents, photos, videos, and audio to a secure ‘zone’ in the storage folder that blocks apps from accessing them.

ColorOS also features performance boosts called oFas, oMem and oSense.

OPPO explains, “oFas is a mechanism of cache preload, which makes cold starts as fast as warm starts, meaning apps can now open and start faster. Meanwhile, oMem adapts to user habits, shifting and allocating system resources accordingly and efficiently. Through this technology, RAM utilization is boosted by 40%. With multiple apps running, system response is also increased by 30%.”

“Plus, oSense - a scheduling mechanism that gives priority to front-end and user related threads, optimizes touch response and frame rates, making gaming smoother than ever. When playing intense battle games, the touch response has been improved by 21.6% and the frame rate by 38%.”

Finally, ColorOS brings a couple of new features to its camera and video tools.  AI Beautification 2.0 identifies the environment and measures light accordingly, to best match user skin tone.

Ultra Night Mode delivers exceptional night photos, reducing noise to record moments like candlelit dinners and night markets with greater clarity, brightness, and color.

Soloop, OPPO's smart video editor, simplifies video shooting and editing so that beginners, too, can make beautiful videos and share them with a single tap.

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