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Vivo OriginOS beta recruitment goes live for these phones in China

In Games, Apps, and OS by Ramon Lopez1 Comment

Vivo, as some of you know, recently unveiled the new OriginOS update, which is based on Android 11 (for now, at least) and will replace Funtouch OS as its Android overlay of choice on its current and future smartphones.

Vivo says OriginOS brings a better, more captivating user experience, including new icons, gestures, and widgets, and will be available on Vivo and IQOO devices sometime later this year. For now, the beta recruitment for select devices in China has gone live and will remain open until January 20 or once all the sign-up slots are filled.

According to the official OriginOS page on China’s Weibo social network, the preview build should be available for download beginning January 11. Here’s a list of phones that can sign up for Vivo’s OriginOS pilot test:

  • Vivo NEX 3S
  • Vivo X50 Pro Plus
  • Vivo X50 Pro
  • Vivo X50
  • Vivo S7
  • IQOO 5 Pro
  • IQOO 5
  • IQOO 3
  • IQOO Pro
  • IQOO
  • IQOO Neo3

As always, there’s a catch (besides the potential bugs): There are only 5,000 slots allocated for each compatible Vivo and IQOO handset. And you’ll need a phone running Chinese firmware, meaning global variants can’t sign up for the beta.

There is no timetable yet for OriginOS outside of China. Our guess is that the Android 11-based custom overlay will launch alongside the international editions of the Vivo X60, X60 Pro, and X60 Pro Plus, as hinted at by Vivo Philippines’ blog post last year. Besides running on the X60 series, expect the OriginOS update to roll out to the Vivo X50, X50 Pro 5G, V19, and Y20i in the Philippines, according to the blog entry.

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Reviews editor: Ramon "Monch" Lopez has 15 years of professional experience creating and editing content for print and digital publications such as Yahoo. He headed the gadgets-merchandising division of one of the Philippines’ largest retail operators somewhere in between. His latest addiction is the comments section of viral Facebook posts.