Thursday , April 27 2017

OPPO Project Spectrum Killed Off or “On Hiatus Until Further Notice”?

In a surprise move OPPO has told Ausdroid that “all Project Spectrum is on hiatus until further notice at this point in time”. Whether this means that development resources have been removed from this project for just a while or it’s dead altogether remains to be seen.

Oppo Project Spectrum was a stock Android experience ROM which included custom Oppo software for the camera and other binaries required to make the phone run.

Ausdroid’s read on OPPO’s statement is that they decided Color OS is now better than it was and so users shouldn’t be unhappy with it versus stock Android.

This is a disappointing move by OPPO. Ausdroid Daniel Tyson has previously declared that: “with more ‘stock’ Android software like Oppo’s Project Spectrum becoming available for phones, it’s a real win for consumers both here and overseas.”

Senior Ausdroid Associate Duncan Jaffrey has also expressed his support for Project Spectrum in the past: “Oppo Project Spectrum, a stock Android experience which includes custom Oppo software for the camera and other binaries required to make the phone run”.

If you’re disappointed by this news, let OPPO know by commenting on this post.


Neerav Bhatt   Associate

Neerav has been interested in Android phones since he bought the 1st one ever released (HTC Dream/G1). He has never bought an Apple product :-) His dream phone would have stock Android OS, fast high-res camera and swappable 4000mAh battery.

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  • Branden Aye Tremblay

    Knew about this around June last year. Someone on project spectrum “leaked” that oppo shifted pretty much everyone from spectrum over to colour os or another area within the company and it just went silent in the oppo forums not long after as no one was maintaining spectrum and the moderators just jumped ship. I like the hardware Oppo makes (currently using a R7 Plus as my current phone is getting fixed) but their software lets it down. There’s nothing wrong with colour os but the fact that after 2 years the R7 lineup still hasn’t received a official update to marshmallow let alone nougat speaks volumes. There decision to also lock down bootloaders completely with no way to unlock them also completely shows the company has left their developer friendly persona in the dust. The R7 Plus is a beast on CM13 (Los would be my next step but issues with phone calling stop me from making the switch) with 6-8hrs of sot so as a phone it’s great and i have no issues with it but would i buy a oppo outright again or on a contract. No. Their lack of software support kills it for me but for a family member who wouldn’t care. Yes. good hardware with decent software but maybe not at their current prices.

    • DG

      agree with everything said above. very disappointing.

  • OzPup

    Project spectrum was the only hope of me ever buying an oppo phone. Oppo doesn’t need us stock Android craving westerners to survive. Shame really as some of their phones are quite nice.

  • Andrew

    Lol. If you believe Chinese OEMs, you’ll believe anything. I had the Find 7 for two years and the software was forever beta. Spectrum was a joke. And the successor Find 9? An urban legend. I read once again of this mystical Phoenix of a phone making a grand entrance in 2017. Now it’s clear. Oppo has lost its way.

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