OPPO’s OS overhaul: UI changes and privacy updates

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Phone maker Oppo’s new OS changes promise to give consumers other than those using an IOS operating system upgrade soon. (Photos: Handout from OPPO)
AMMAN — Fortunately, iPhone fans are not the only people in 2021 that have much to look forward to in terms of OS updates. اضافة اعلان

OPPO, the Chinese phone manufacturer and recent hit in the smartphone space, is launching ColorOS 12 that features a reimagined UI, an updated privacy system, and much more.

Owners of the OPPO Find X3 Pro will be the first to experience this updated look and feel, shortly followed by general OPPO users, encompassing 110 devices and upwards of 150 million users worldwide.

The OS was unveiled at the end of September, with a showcase of a China-only version. While the update will commence its release in China in late October, and in the Indian markets in November; a worldwide release is due in mid-2022.

Beta tests will roll out with the newest models receiving access to the new OS first and older models to follow.

One of biggest additions to the OS, at least for international users, was a much needed language package, featuring over 50 new languages that the OS can operate in.

One of the criticisms previously launched at OPPO was its operating system and lack of languages, eliminating any chances that regions that spoke non-featured languages would ever be able to use an OPPO smartphone.

With the new update, several dialects were added, including Arabic, Indian, and German variations. 

The icons and concept design of the OS update is heavily based on OPPO’s infinite design concept, however it now features Android’s wallpaper-based color theme system.

This enables the new OS to automatically change the color of certain elements of the UI by analysing your wallpaper and generating matching colors in order to improve UX.

Improvements in terms of security have been extensive as well — the first and foremost being a privacy dashboard where users will be able to track and identify how much information is collected by various apps on the device.

Additionally, just like with Apple‘s iOS, ColorOS 12 will feature notifications that will let users know that their microphone or camera are being accessed, giving further control and safety of mind to security-conscious consumers.

A three-finger translation feature for Google Lense will also be available, increasing the accessibility of content online through one quick motion. The OS also features a productivity addition, currently called the “Phone Manager,” which is due to track your daily activities and generate reports based on daily usage.

Phone maker Oppo’s new OS changes promise to give consumers other than those using an IOS operating system upgrade soon. (Photos: Handout from OPPO)

As with most OS upgrades, overall system efficiency has been increased, lowering the energy consumption rate of the OS by over 20 percent.

This also resonates with a decrease in total memory usage of the OS, leading to a smoother experience overall.

According to OPPO, this will slow the total aging of the smartphone by 2.75 percent, potentially indicating that phones will have a slightly longer lifespan before they start stuttering.

While these upgrades are welcome by the majority of the community; ever since Apple’s battery throttling fiasco in 2018, there have been naysayers that are adamant that upgrades are used in order to increase overall smartphone turnover.

However, based on data found throughout OPPO’s communities and social media, it would appear that some of the oldest phones in their line-up that have long been discontinued continue to function well, even with updates to SmartOS. 

If you’re an OPPO fan and are looking to get your hands on the OS as soon as it launches, the OPPO Find X3 Pro currently sits at JD994 for the base version and JD1,065 for the 256GB model.

While it may not be the most affordable smartphone in OPPO’s line-up, if you’re looking for the OS’s upgrades and UX improvements as soon as possible, it’s an all-around solid phone with on-par performance in its price bracket.

In summary, the OS upgrade seeks to increase the user experience across all of OPPO’s devices, and according to the company, even the playing field when it comes to their competitors.

The event has seen overwhelmingly positive feedback from Chinese consumers, and the only critique that those abroad could afford to muster was the fact that it wasn’t launching globally sooner.

However, should the beta tests go through without a hitch, Jordanian nationals can expect the redesign a couple of months into 2022. 

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