Chinese phone maker Oppo has launched the global version of ColorOS 12, its new operating system that runs on. Oppo is one of the first smartphone companies to release customized takes on the operating system, and ColorOS 12 is expected to reach flagship devices such as That starts today, with the roll out of Oppo’s budget offerings scheduled for next year.
The Chinese version of ColorOS went live in September, but the international version is based on Android 12. That means it can give us a better picture of the new features available on Google’s latest mobile operating system, which is currently in public beta. While Oppo may not be a household name like Huawei, it is one of the top five phone makers in the world with an estimated 40 million users globally.
Oppo says it is striving to provide its users with an experience that is as close to stock Android as possible. There are several different design philosophies guiding the development of ColorOS 12, including inclusivity, increased productivity, and privacy.
ColorOs integrates Android 12’s new Privacy Dashboard so you can see which apps are using sensitive information like camera or location. A green dot will appear on the top right of the screen whenever an app is using those features. In addition, Oppo claims that it has tightened data compliance, storing and processing data in nearby servers instead of sending it to China. It comes as a growing list of countries express concerns over using Chinese phones over long-standing concerns about privacy. A branch of the government of Lithuania recently published report good Urged people to throw away their Chinese phones.
As far as inclusivity is concerned, Oppo says it has localized text in 67 different languages in collaboration with linguistic experts and its smart sidebar lets you translate between languages. Without Switching Apps. The company says it expanded the always-on display functionality to let users add emojis, which is Oppo’s take on Apple’s Memojis. You can also add portrait silhouettes, a feature Oppo has borrowed from OnePlus’ Oxygen OS.
The look and feel of ColorOS 12 is clean, reflecting its productivity theme, though the changes are subtle compared to ColorOS 5. For example, Oppo removed some preloaded apps and reduced the information density across the platform.
Oppo also made its update timeline public for the first time. The Find X3 series is expected to get ColorOS 12 today with the rollout of the Find X2 series scheduled for November. The company is also guaranteeing three years of major Android updates for its flagship Find X series.