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ColorOS 12, the latest version of Oppo’s Android-based operating system, has been released. In China, where OnePlus has been using ColorOS since early this year, the upgrade will be available for OnePlus phones as well as Oppo’s own phones. Because the two firms are integrating numerous activities, OnePlus recently stated that the codebases of its OxygenOS and ColorOS will be combined.
It does not appear to be very different from ColorOS 11, although it makes better use of contrasting colours and white space, with reduced information density across multiple screens. Icons have been gently updated to provide additional depth and substance. Oppo claims to have enhanced over 300 animations throughout the UI, as well as using an AI engine to decrease latency and stuttering.
It is based on Android 12 and incorporates enhanced privacy features such as displaying a notification in the status bar when programmes use the camera or microphone. In terms of new features, Oppo is introducing the ability to manage its phones through a Windows 10 or 11 laptop, extra tools to the sidebar that can be swiped in from the edge of the screen, and Omoji, a curiously familiar 3D avatar feature.
It will initially be offered on Oppo’s outstanding Find X3 Pro flagship phone in a new “Photographer Edition.” In October, a limited public beta for the Find X3 and OnePlus 9 series will be available in China, with older models joining in November and December. Oppo claims that ColorOS 12 will be available for more than 110 phone models and 150 million users globally.