OPPO today announced the latest iteration of its ColorOS skin based on Android 11. The company says ColorOS 11 retains the stock Android experience while also offering new customizations courtesy of its “Make Life Flow” concept.
ColorOS 11 introduces three new color schemes and contrast levels to its dark mode. It also allows you to customize your own Always-On Display, theme, wallpaper, fonts, icons, and ringtones. OPPO is also building on its three-finger screenshot capture and launching a new translation capability in collaboration with Google. The new update allows you to translate texts contained in screenshots taken through that method, thanks to Google Lens.
There's a new multitasking feature as well called Flexdrop. In addition, you can switch between smart home devices via a new Device Control menu without downloading new apps. To save battery life when your device is running low on power, ColorOS 11 lets you pick six apps for the new Super Power Saving Mode. And its new Battery Guard feature halts charging when your phone's battery reaches 80% at night to prevent damages from overcharging. When you wake up the next day, the battery will resume charging until it is full.
OPPO is also addressing lags and stutters resulting from high frame rates with the UI First 2.0. The company claims that this feature "boosts RAM utilization by 45%, improving the response rate by 32%, and the frame rate by 17%" to reduce lag. ColorOS 11 also beefs up users' privacy and security by adding a new feature called Private System, which partitions apps into two versions in order to manage data in a secure environment. It does that by storing user data in the second version of an app where it's protected using a separate fingerprint scan or password.
ColorOS 11 is available in beta from today on a batch-by-batch basis. Its official version is coming to more than 28 phone models starting with the Find X2 series, Reno3 series and more in the next few weeks. Here's a complete list of OPPO devices set to receive the update.
Today's unveiling makes OPPO one of the first OEMs to roll out Android 11 to users after Google announced last week the latest version of its mobile operating system. It comes as no surprise, though, since the Mountain View giant promised that the update would also launch on other smartphones from OPPO, OnePlus, Xiaomi, and Realme in addition to its own Pixel devices.