Thankfully it is several years since OPPO’s ColorOS was an iPhone clone that changed the standard Android user interface so much it looked and acted more like an iPhone.

Oppo today officially announced the all-new ColorOS 12 operating system for its global users, continuing along it’s journey to give customers a seamless experience that’s close to stock Android 12. ColorOS 12 introduces an all-new inclusive UI, smoother performance, and aims to boost everyday productivity.

This short video gives you the vibe of what stock Android looks like before OPPO makes their own subtle changes. To me the pastel shades and rounded interface remind me of 1950’s TV shows.

ColorOS 12 Rollout Plan

OPPO will first roll out ColorOS 12 public beta today in Indonesia and Malaysia on the Find X3 Pro 5G. Rollouts will then continue step-by-step in other countries and on additional devices through the rest of 2021 and 2022. The company aims to bring ColorOS 12 to over 110 models with 150 million users.

The roll-out plan for Australia: 

  • From December 2021: Find X3 Pro 
  • First Half of 2022: Find X3 Neo, Find X3 Lite, Find X2 Pro, Find X2 Neo, Find X2 Lite, Reno4 5g, Reno4 Pro 5G, Reno4 Z 5G, Reno 10x Zoom, A94 5G, A74 5G 
  • Second Half of 2022: A74, A53, A53s, A16s, A54s

Inclusivity Now a Central Theme

With 440 million users around the world, across 68 countries, “inclusivity” has been a central theme in the creation of ColorOS 12. Building on top of OPPO’s Infinite Design concept, which is lightweight, clean and richly and very customisable, the new OS provides a more inclusive experience and comes packed with softer icons, animations and information framework that is friendly to different languages and cultures.

Smoother, Seamless Experience Powering Greater Productivity

Thanks to the long-term code decoupling efforts, OPPO says ColorOS 12 has made some achievements in addressing lags and stutters after prolonged usage, especially in anti-fragmentation and intelligent resource allocation, leading to a low 2.75% system aging rate in 3 years, an average of 30% lower memory occupation and 20% lower battery consumption.

Prioritised Privacy

OPPO says they have been listening to user feedback and have prioritising privacy on ColorOS. ColorOS 12 not only comes packed with all the improved security and privacy features from Android 12, including Privacy Dashboards, Approximate Location Sharing and Microphone and Camera Indicators, which empower users to be the masters of their own privacy with clear, visualised menus and buttons; but also keeping the well-received features developed by the OPPO team, such as Private System, Private Safe, App Lock and others.

Being aware that privacy to users is all about being transparent, OPPO say they have been improving data compliance storage and processes. With servers deployed in multiple locations across the world, OPPO say they guarantee that user data stays in nearby servers, saved in a non-plain text format and transmitted using a proprietary protocol.

More open to Android developers

While ColorOS has incorporated many stock Android features, ColorOS has been one of the sources of inspiration for the customisation trend in Android 12, like the Wallpaper-based Theming system in Material You, which you can find as a similar self-developed feature in previous ColorOS editions. Another example of this is the App Cloner from ColorOS that now features in Android 12.

OPPO’s ColorOS aims to become a more Android developer friendly OS. In addition to the free camera SDKs covering OPPO’s camera capabilities – including Ultra Steady Video Shooting, HDR, Super Wide-Angle, and more – OPPO has further opened its HyperBoost, Color Vision Enhancement to benefit Android app developers and enhance the Android ecosystem.