Oppo’s Color OS 12 Review, Excellent Upcoming Features

Oppo’s Color OS 12 Review, Excellent Upcoming Features

So, Oppo’s color OS 12 beer to roll out has already kicked off for a couple of smartphones at least and Oppo reckons it’ll be bringing color OS 12 to 110 different models. Which frankly is absolutely bat bonkers and shows just how many smartphones. Oppo releases on a yearly basis certainly keeps us tech spots busy at least and unsurprisingly with that many phones to update color OS 12.

The actual rollout won’t be finished until sometime around summer 2022. So if you do have an upper smartphone perhaps, don’t hold your breath. But anyway I’ve been playing with color OS 12. Here on the excellent Oppo F5X3 pro for the last few weeks. So here’s my kind of early review and also some top tips on some of the best features you’ll find packed away in there.

Stock android vibe with color OS 12:

Oppo is keen to emphasize that it is trying to keep a stock android vibe with colorOS12. So pretty much all of the usual elements that we know and love are right there including the good old apps tray. Although you will actually have to make some adjustments to the home settings in order to get things looking as familiar as possible. So well for instance the app straw is activated by default.

You will have to actually change up what happens when you swipe down on the home screen. Because it’s set to the global search by default. You want to change that to the notifications draw if you really do want to stock android vibe. I Know there’s no Google discover feed anywhere in sight while you’ll also have to activate fan favorites like gesture navigation and that dark mode.

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As usual though you do have a respectable amount of customization here in colorOS12 and I love how some of my favorite features like the icon pull down gesture or back in action and that one is particularly handy. If you’re dealing with a big old phone like the fine X3 pro just to help you open up an app. If your desktops are a bit crowded and there’s further delight for stubby fingered users. Such as myself because you can quickly and easily activate one-handed more just by dragging down at the bottom edge.

This just shunts everything down towards the bottom half of the screen. So everything’s nice and easy to select and despite all of Oppo’s many protests at colors 12 having a stockish android vibe. The company really has gone to town tweaking and fiddling about with that UI and don’t get me wrong I’m not complaining because early do like the UI here on coloros12 it’s nice and colorful and bright and vibrant as usual and animations have been polished up so flicking and poking your way through the desktops looks slicker than ever.

This includes fresh new 3d icons which act very much like buttons pressing in when you pork them and then springing beautifully into life and some of these UI adjustments are actually designed to improve the accessibility of colorOS12. If you want to system settings and then go into the accessibility section. You’ll see this is split into several different sections.

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If you head into vision you’ve got various features in here including high contrast colors. You got color and version as well and color vision enhancement. With just a couple of quick taps. This can change up the color palette. So icons and text are cleanly visible if you happen to be colorblind. This even handily includes a color vision test. So you can properly personalize it get it set up just for you.

The wallpaper selection here on coloros12 is certainly nothing particularly to write home about you’ve got a variety of static images all of which are a little bit trippy. Definitely getting some prog rock vibes and you’ve got some motion papers as well or live as they are called here.

However as with android 12 you’ve also got the option of changing up the system colors to match the wallpaper. To get this feature on the go what you’ll want to do is dive into the settings menu and then up near the top you’ve got the personalization’s section and then there you’ll find colors.

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You can choose from various different options in here otherwise go for a custom look and last up there is the wallpaper color picking option. Basically just slide the dots to your favorite hues on that wallpaper and then it will use those colors to change up the general desktop themes.

So as you can see we’ve got all blue icons in the settings menu now but then if was to change that up back in the colors menu, now we’ve got more of an orangey red finish very bright and vibrant and that personalization settings menu is always a great place to dive into if you do want to change up and customize the look and feel of colorOS. So you can customize the wallpaper from in here again you can play around with the icon design and the always-on display has also been tinkered with for colorOS12 to a small degree.

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So you’ve got various options for displaying. The always on display you can have it scheduled. You can have it shown all day whatever you fancy you can also tinker with what information is actually displayed. You’ve got various different designs. You can choose from including ones that allow you to add your own text and images and you’ve also got the oxygen OS, canvas wallpaper as well or portrait silhouette as it’s known in color OS and if you’re not all fair with this feature.

What it allows you to do is upload any folder you like including one of your glorious mug and then you can just generate a kind of monochromy always on display picture of your very own. Soon you’ll also be able to create your own emoji. Which is basically a crap cartoon version of your facial region like what you can do on iPhone but a little bit worse even and that will be coming in colorOS12.1 apparently.

Now the flex drop feature from colorOS11 is now kind of back in action but it’s changed its name to floating windows. Once again you can access this from the smart sidebar like so and this window can be dragged about on your desktop. So it can be resized quickly and easily like.

So you can even minimize it by dragging it to the very edges. Although note that you can only have one floating window active on top of another app at any given moment and yeah this feature can be kind of useful. If you’re referring to a document while you’re messaging or if you’re checking out a walkthrough while you’re playing the game something like that.

Personally though, I got say I still prefer just skipping between apps with a quick flick at the bottom of the screen like. So I just find it much easier and color os’s a smart sidebar hasn’t really gained any smarter since colorOS11. You can once again take a screenshot, start a screen recording fast access your files all that good stuff.

You do not have the screen translate feature as well. Now obviously you don’t need screen translate when you’re just browsing a foreign website or whatever because you get the google translate option popping up down below automatically but it’s really good if for instance you take a picture of a foreign menu, that’s all completely in a different dialect.

You’ve got no idea what any of it means and then all of that text will be translated into English before your very mug. It’s basically just the translate feature in google lens but it’s great to have fast access to it via that sidebar.

Apparently behind the scenes Oppo has also been working with a massive team of linguists in order to offer greater localization language support. So now in colorOS12 you’ve got support for over 67 different languages apparently. I only speak the one language and even then I kind of struggle at times. So I can’t see whether this entire endeavor has been successful or not you’ll have to look elsewhere for that unfortunately.

So what else has changed in colorOS12, well you don’t get a huge amount of crap wear pre-installed on here which is great to see the likes of overlaps. It’s basically the same as it ever was just giving you access to a variety of peaceful relaxing sounds to stop you wigging out and losing your you’ve also got a variety of music and white noise as well which is particularly good.

If you’ve got a small a ben who just warm shut the hell up. Their phone manager tool has also been spruced up for colorOS12. You’ve got the same optimize feature which could basically clear clutter and sort out any issues that you might have here on your Oppo smartphone.

Then the main tool set has been stripped down to privacy app management and battery. It’s basically fast access shortcuts into the various colorOS settings and then the rest of the tools has been shunted away into a separate tab. Got some handy tools in here including the diagnostics the kids space if you’re handing your expensive shiny upper smartphone to your sprog you don’t want them poking their nose and stuff they shouldn’t be but back into the main section.

You’ve now got an improved battery dashboard for one this gives you plenty of power saving modes that you can play around with gives you optimization uh recommendations as well if any apps are draining your juice and you can easily see exactly what has been draining the power here on your smartphone with access to various other battery settings as well. It is very comprehensive the privacy and security features have also been given a proper boot up of the ass here on colorOS12.

So a lot of the best features that you found packed into android 12 are also here on Oppo’s UI as well including. The ability to completely block camera access and microphone access to all apps on your smartphone. Particularly good if you happen to be in the mafia and about to have a really illegal conversation about naughty things and this here privacy dashboard right at the top is where you’ll want to be diving. If you want to see exactly what apps have been accessing what bits of your smartphone, you can toggle the various permissions as well.

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So make sure that none of your apps have access to stuff that they shouldn’t that’s pretty much it for color os12. To be honest a couple of other little bits like for instance the special features menu slightly more neatly arranged than it was before. You’ve got fast access to a variety of good features including quite a few that I’ve already mentioned and some vanity projects like the ability to basically smooth out your face when you’re on a video call.

I’ve been on a lot of video calls in recent times for obvious reasons I’d say it’d be much better if coloros actually came with a feature that automatically muted your mic if it detected you were talking utter bollocks not pull records.

It’s also improved the overall general performance of color os for version 12 versus the previous generations. Although it’s kind of hard to test out on the Oppo F5X3 pro because it’s a bit of a beefcake hopefully though on lesser more budget-friendly Oppor smartphones you will find that things are a bit smoother a bit slicker.

Then the only other feature that Oppo mentioned in the colorOS12 preview was basically the pc manager feature. Which allows you to hook up your smartphone to your laptop quickly and easily sharing files and sharing apps and all that shenanigans and that’s something we’ve. Obviously already seen on the likes of Huawei smartphones with harmonyOS you can quickly and easily share files with your Huawei mate book laptops but it’d be interesting to see how well it’s integrated into color  OS and which laptops exactly will be supported but shenanigans isn’t coming until 2022.

Anyways you’ll have to hold your horses or whatever you fancy holding. In the meantime so that in a nutshell is colorOS12 my early  impressions of it and some of the best features that are packed away in there and as you can see a fair bit has changed up for it. I do really like the overall vibe even if it isn’t quite as stock android as Oppo would like you to maybe think. What are you guys record be great to hear your thoughts your own mini reviews down in the comments below.

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