We’ve been waiting for an OS update for our Find X Android 8.1 Oreo unit since what feels like forever. Today, OPPO finally has good news for us and for some other OPPO smartphone owners.
The company says it’s already rolling out Android 9.0 Pie-based ColorOS 6 beta to select devices, starting today with the OPPO F9. Check out the timeline of the gradual release of the update:
By now, end-July 2019:
By end-August 2019:
By end-September 2019:
Of the 11 models listed above, five were launched in the Philippines — the F9, Find X, R17 Pro, F7, and F7 Youth.
What’s new with Android 9.0 Pie-based ColorOS 6
OPPO itself said it: ColorOS integrates Android Pie’s practical features, including enhanced AI capabilities, improved interactions, and optimization of the underlying interface.
Expect a borderless design that’s meant to be easy on the eyes and with faster, intuitive navigation through menus and settings in mind. Expect 3D animations that create a more interactive virtual experience. Extra gestures to speed up operation, too, like double-tapping the phone screen to enlarge text.
The Game Boost feature in OPPO’s Hyper Boost, which accelerates performance when needed, has been upgraded to version 2.0. The addition of Touch Boost and Frame Boost technologies should enhance game feel and frame rate stability, which OPPO claims will deliver a 38% increase in performance.
There’s Game Space app for customizing game parameters for stuff such as network, power consumption, and messaging. There’s also Game Assistant for providing shortcuts for functions like ‘do not disturb’ and customizable split-screen for a personalized gaming experience.
With ColorOS 6, App Encryption, Private Safe, and Find My Device security features have been incorporated to mitigate the risks of personal data leaks.
Of course, there’s something new for mobile-photography enthusiasts, too. The upgrade introduces Dazzle Color mode and a new portrait style.
OPPO says Dazzle Color “leverages mapping algorithms to restore vivid colors, reverse light, and improve shading in pictures and expands the range of scenarios that smartphone photography can handle.”
As for portrait shots, five new filters have been added to ColorOS 6. The styles have been customized based on the most-viewed photos on social networks.
You can read more about the latest ColorOS version here.
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