ColorOS 11 (Beta) Review: right up there with the best?

Shortly after Google’s Android 11 announcement, smartphone and wearables main Oppo confirmed the launch of a beta model up to date  ColorOS cell working system based mostly on Android 11. For the previous couple of weeks, I’ve been utilizing the Oppo Find X2 – with this beta model of ColorOS 11 put in. Having spent an honest period of time with the cellphone, it’s about time I share my expertise with the newest, most feature-laden model of ColorOS thus far. Note that we at NextPit had already revealed a primer on a few of the contemporary options on ColorOS 11. Read it right here.

The fundamentals

As evident from the naming scheme, the model variety of ColorOS 11 aligns with the newest model of Android (Android 11). The earlier model of ColorOS, which was based mostly on Android 10, was known as ColorOS 7. The soar from ColorOS 7 to ColorOS 11 ensures that customers can now simply correlate the ColorOS model quantity to the Android model quantity – making issues a lot less complicated.

Visual Changes from ColorOS 7

At first look, ColorOS 11 is visually equivalent to ColorOS 7. Most of the adjustments have been restricted to menu choices, and these items may solely be utilized by energy customers. One of the first issues I famous was the swipe down menu for fast settings being extra optimized for one-handed use. The menu now stretches a lot additional down than on ColorOS 7 (however not all the approach down). This makes accessing menu gadgets a lot simpler for people with smaller palms.

Here is a screenshot of the comparability of the identical on ColorOS 7 and ColorOS 11.

The swipe down menu on ColorOS 7 (left) vs ColorOS 11 (right)/ © NextPit

Personalizing your Oppo Phone now a lot simpler

Easier customization has been considered one of OPPO’s prime focus areas with ColorOS 11, which is why the firm now has devoted a whole part for the identical. You can discover nearly every little thing you want for personalizing your cellphone from the ‘Personalizations’ choice inside ‘Settings.’ It is right here that you’ll discover the choices to vary themes, wallpapers, icon kinds, app format, colours, font, and show measurement. Other settings you’ll discover right here embrace the choice to vary the fingerprint recognition animation, the edge lighting settings, and the choice to enter the ringtone maker characteristic. The Always-on Display characteristic provides complete customization choices and allows you to make attention-grabbing creative patterns.

Personalization and AOD
ColorOS 11 Personalization Settings/ © NextPit


The icon settings choice enables you to select between the default fashion, Material, and Pebble kinds. You may manually customise the icon design. There are a number of preinstalled fonts that you need to use aside from the new ones you may obtain individually. This can be the place you modify the font and show measurement settings. You may now customise how the form of the icons on the notification drawer.

Fonts and Icons
ColorOS 11 fonts, icons/ © NextPit

For most of the tweaks which you could make on the house display and the notification drawer, you may see a reside preview of them concurrently. Another attention-grabbing factor you’ll discover inside the personalization settings is the Ringtone maker app. We will discuss it in the subsequent part.

Oppo has additionally tweaked the systemwide darkish mode settings. In ColorOS 7, switching to the darkish mode was an all-manual affair. You switched it on if you wanted it and turned it off when not required. In ColorOS 7, not solely are you able to select between three modes of darkish mode – Enhanced, Medium, and Gentle – you too can manually tweak the UI components, wallpapers, icons, and customise them to fit your preferences.

Dark Mode on ColorOS 11
Dark mode on ColorOS 11. Notice the lighter shades as you go from left to right / © NextPit

What might attraction to people who regularly swap between the darkish and light-weight modes is the choice to schedule when to modify on the darkish mode. You can both use the default setting of retaining teh darkish mannequin on from sundown to dawn or specify if you need the cellphone to go to darkish mode. 

Sounds, Audio

Oppo has gone nice lengths to make satiate people who’re very eager about customizing their ringtones. Case in level is the new Ringtone maker app, which is an initiative of Oppo Labs. While not a brand new characteristic, ColorOS 11 will get an up to date model of the ringtone maker app. From the unique two ringtones that had been obtainable in the earlier model, ColorOS 11 now provides eight completely different melodies to switch. Note that the ringtone maker doesn’t actually allow you to create fully new tunes – moderately, it permits you to customise the current set of melodies utilizing numerous preset choices.

One factor I appreciated about the ringtones on the Oppo Find X2 with ColorOS 11 is this feature to sync the vibration with the beats of your energetic ringtone. This characteristic form of jogged my memory of the outdated Nokia smartphones of the mid-2000s that had highly effective vibration that synced to the rhythm of the ringtone. Apart from being more practical at alerting you of calls, this characteristic additionally makes the decrease frequencies of the ringtone really feel a bit punchier. 

Oppo Relax is one other characteristic that Oppo talked about loads throughout the launch of ColorOS 11. While this characteristic made its debut on ColorOS 7, it has acquired a number of upgrades in its ColorOS 11 avatar. The main change you’d discover is a very revamped UI, and the addition of an attention-grabbing choice known as the Sound of Cities. The intention of that is to allow you to relive the expertise of being in cities. The cities presently on the listing are Beijing, Shenzhen, Bangkok, Tokyo, and Reykjavik.

OPPO Relax
Oppo Relax on ColorOS 11/ © NextPit

Enhanced Gamer Mode

Oppo already had the Game Space app that routinely kicked in when the cellphone detected a recreation. In ColorOS 7 and earlier variations, Oppo let severe avid gamers swap to a high-performance mode that disables incoming cellphone calls and textual content messages. With ColorOS 11, Oppo has added a brand new, immersive mode that’s much more aggressive than earlier than. Within Game Space, customers can now additionally see the CPU, GPU, and framerate knowledge in the type of an overlay whereas gaming. 

Other Android 11 options

Since ColorOS 11 relies on Android 11, it is just pure for us to count on all the new Android 11 options to make it to the new OS. ColorOS 11, due to this fact, helps the new Bubbles API that lets messaging apps present popup bubbles for fast entry and replies. Other options that additionally make it embrace the a number of privateness enhancements that embrace one-time permissions for apps to key elements like digital camera, microphone, and placement entry. With Scoped Storage, ColorOS 11 additionally limits the quantity of information that apps can have entry to. ColorOS 11 additionally consists of all the new emojis from Unicode13. 

ColorOS 11: What we expect

ColorOS Conclusion
This is the most mature model of ColorOS 11 but/ © NextPit

Overall, ColorOS 11 is unquestionably a step ahead in the right route for Oppo. What is kind of commendable is the proven fact that Oppo has managed to make fairly a number of tweaks to the system to make a visible influence whereas at the identical time remaining acquainted to older ColorOS 11 customers. While Android purists might frown at some selections that change the approach by which some Android options and behaviors are applied, most Oppo customers will definitely not thoughts this. Besides, these adjustments aren’t monumental sufficient to be termed deal breakers. 

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