01 October 2020
Oppo has officially announced ColorOS 11 as the newest Android custom skin for its devices. It is based on Android 11 and is a direct upgrade over ColorOS 7.2. The jump of the OS number is intentional and is meant to make it easier for users to know which ColorOS version is based on which Android version going forward.
ColorOS 11 comes loaded with a bunch of features with a special focus on the customization aspect. There is a new "All-around Customization" feature that will let users create their custom Always-On Display style, themes, ringtones, and wallpapers among other things. The AOD customization is limited to those Oppo devices that come with an AMOLED display panel.
Dark mode has become a common feature among modern smartphones and apps. Oppo is taking it one step further by offering customization even with dark mode. It will let users choose from Enhanced, Medium, or Gentle dark mode that will lead to pitch dark, Blue dark, and Gray dark theme respectively. It is essentially a way to help users choose their desired level of dark theme intensity on the phone. They can further whether wallpapers and app icons should be adjusted to the selected dark mode or not.
Oppo Relax 2.0 is a feature that will help users create their own personalized mix from a wide range of ambient sounds. There are usual sounds like a bird chirping, rain, and thunders but it also has sounds from different cities like Tokyo, Japan, and Reykjavik, Iceland.
In terms of productivity, Oppo has teamed up with Google to offer a 3-finger translate gesture powered by Google Lens. It means a user simply needs to swipe using three fingers, the text on the screen will be captured and translated instantly and automatically. It is meant to make the processor a lot faster and more convenient. FlexDrop is a multitasking feature that can be triggered anytime by swiping up. It will transform the currently opened app into a floating window that can be placed anywhere while you continue using some other app. The best part is that the window can also be resized to be even smaller i.e. a mini-window for less obstruction.
ColorOS 11 will come with Super Power Saving Mode to help users get most of the remaining juice when there is low-battery. It will let users choose up to six apps that can be used despite the phone being in the power-saving mode. Other than this, Oppo is promising up to 45% more RAM utilization, 32% faster respond rate, and 17% higher frame stability. Lastly, there is a Private System that acts like a dedicated space for running second instances of app and keeping data safe from the standard mode.
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