OPPO has unveiled the new version of its smartphone overlay: ColorOS 12. Based on Android 12, it brings some new features to OPPO’s smartphones, and hints at what OnePlus has in store for its smartphones.
While Samsung kicked off the Android 12-based One UI 4 beta earlier this week, OPPO is now following suit with the announcement of ColorOS 12, the new update to its smartphone interface. However, unlike Samsung, the ColorOS 12 beta will only be available in China.
As is often the case with betas, this one is aimed more at developers and tech-savvy users than at the general public, but we can already see what new features OPPO has added to its overlay.
What’s new in Coloros 12?
First of all, OPPO focused on its new “Infinite Design”, which doesn’t look like Google’s Material You, which will arrive with Android 12 on the Pixel. This one brings new acrylic icons, increased contrast and “distinctive color shades”. There is also an Omoji feature that works similarly to the AR Emoji feature on some Samsung smartphones. The latter allows users to create their personalized 3D avatar.
Oppo has decided to redesign the Smart Sidebar. The new version integrates new tools, such as a price comparison when you make online purchases, or an online song reload feature when you use the Music Player app. Not surprisingly, ColorOS also brings new animations, which aim to make smartphones even smoother.
With ColorOS 12, users will also be able to experience Cross-Screen Interconnection, a feature that allows users to access their smartphone from a computer. OPPO promises a transfer rate of 45 Mb/s, which means you can send about 500 photos from your phone to your PC in just one minute.
Finally, ColorOS also takes advantage of Android 12’s new security features, including getting permission reminders when third-party apps use your mic, location and camera. Since OnePlus recently announced that its OxygenOS overlay will now be based on the same source code as ColorOS, we expect all of OPPO’s new UI features to arrive on OnePlus’ smartphones later this year.