05 September 2019
UPDATE (August 22nd, 2019):
Realme CEO Madhav Sheth has confirmed that Realme's upcoming UI will be coming to all smartphones as and when and if it is released. It means Realme OS will cover all smartphones ranging from the oldest Realme 1 to the most recent one that will be available at the time of the release.
On the Realme 5 lineup launch sidelines, Sheth told XDA:
“If we have any sort of OS, all the devices will have the same thing. All the devices from [Realme] 1 to the last one we [will] have launched. That is very clear.”
He is yet to say anything about the possible release timeline but we will keep you updated as any more information will be shared.
Original (August 14th, 2019)
Realme CEO Madhav Sheth has officially confirmed that RealmeOS is currently under development. He did not offer any release timeline but said that the new software experience will be coming soon. He made these revelations in an exclusive conversation with India Today Tech team on the sidelines of the 64MP quad-camera technology event.
As and when RealmeOS will become available publically, it will replace Oppo's ColorOS that is currently used in Realme smartphones. It should be noted that Realme started its journey as an Oppo sub-brand before becoming an independent entity last year. Since then, it has not looked back and entered the top 10 OEMs list (global) last month which it took only a year to achieve.
One of the main reasons behind opting for its own operating system and stop using ColorOS is that Realme wants to deliver features users are frequently asking for. The new OS will allow Realme to take full control over software research and development process and release new features quickly.
Realme even announced a Mystery Project X about two weeks ago where it invited users with experience in software testing. This was the first time when rumors started to surface that Realme was working on its own OS and was recruiting beta testers. With official confirmation, it is now confirmed that all those doubts were true.
Now, we will have to see if RealmeOS is a custom Android skin or a stock Android experience like OnePlus' OxygenOS. It is further speculated to be based on Android Q which means we can expect more details to surface once Google announces Android Q stable version. It will also be worth seeing if RealmeOS will be released for all Realme devices or only new ones.