OPPO has become one of the first smartphone manufacturers to bring Android 11 to its customers with the release of ColorOS 11. The beta version of the updated platform is now available for the company’s Find X2 series of phones, and will make its way to the company’s various Reno (and other) devices later in the fall. The gradual rollout will eventually include 28 different models, and will last until the second quarter of 2021.
The non-beta version of the platform is expected to arrive within the next few weeks. According to OPPO, ColorOS 11 will combine advanced UI customization with the stock features that users expect from Android devices. The robust system will allow users to create their own white noise mix in addition to choosing more common personal touches like wallpaper and ringtones.
“ColorOS 11’s focus on UI customization is rooted in customer desire for a more personalized and unique phone experience,” said ColorOS Design Project Lead Lynn Ni. “We are providing users with space to demonstrate their creativity and exercise control over their phones.”
Many of the newer features are the result of a direct collaboration between Google and OPPO. For example, the two companies worked together to create a Three-Finger Translate feature that uses Google Lens to translate text in a screenshot taken with a three-finger gesture. Meanwhile, the new Device Control menu will allow users to control other smart home devices with their phone, and FlexDrop will let them view text and video at the same time to support multitasking applications.
On the security front, users can set permissions for tools like the camera and the microphone, while the new Private System creates a second, isolated version of core apps that can only be accessed through face or fingerprint recognition. ColorOS also comes with the usual collection of performance upgrades. Those include UI First 2.0, which uses a proprietary lag-reducing engine to improve the phone’s frame rate, as well as battery-saving features and a program that learns and pre-loads the customer’s most frequently used apps.
Google released the first developer preview of Android 11 back in February. OPPO, on the other hand, recently unveiled a new smartwatch that represents its first foray into the wearables market.