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Oppo's ColorOS 6 gets a fresh paint job, optimizations, and an app drawer

Good news — ColorOS 6 includes an app drawer.

Published onMarch 18, 2019

  • Oppo’s ColorOS 6 is the latest version of the company’s custom Android skin.
  • ColorOS 6 takes better advantage of tall displays, includes performance-enhancing features, and a fresh paint job.
  • According to OPPO, the ColorOS 6 rollout is from April through September.

Earlier today, OPPO announced ColorOS 6. Available on the OPPO F11 Pro, ColorOS 6 is the latest version of OPPO’s custom Android skin.

Starting with the looks, ColorOS 6 opts for “border-less” symmetry that’s based on invisible lines and grids. That means stock apps now offer a proper full-screen experience with cleaner borders and other UI elements.

OPPO also takes “lighter” very literally with ColorOS 6 — much like Google’s Material Design refresh, OPPO’s stock apps feature plenty of white. Thanks to ColorOS’ theme engine, you can paint over the white with a different theme that might offer more colors.

ColorOS 6 includes other functional changes. These changes include the navigation panel now including shortcuts, an app drawer that’s accessible with an up-swipe on the home screen, “AI cold storage” that uses AI to freeze background apps and reduce power consumption, and “remote guard” for parents that want to monitor their children’s phone usage.

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Elsewhere, ColorOS 6’s Touch Boost feature promises up to 22 percent faster touch response. Meanwhile, Frame Boost offers up to a 40-percent improvement in frame rate stability. The two features are part of ColorOS 6’s Game Boost 2.0, which lets you change your voice for in-game voice chat, Dolby Sound support, and more.

In addition to game performance, ColorOS 6 also improves general performance and app launches with System Boost and App Boost. There’s also an improved night mode for camera stills, app notification bundling that groups similar notifications together, and much more.

As mentioned, ColorOS 6 is available out of the box for the OPPO F11 Pro. ColorOS 6 then heads to the first OPPO Reno smartphone, which launches April 10. Next up are the OPPO R15 and R15 Dream Mirror Edition, which will get the software skin sometime in April.

The OPPO Find X, R17, and R17 Pro will then get ColorOS 6 in August. Finally, the OPPO R11, R11 Plus, R11s, R11s Plus, A7x, and A3 will get ColorOS 6 in September.

All existing realme will also get ColorOS 6 by June.

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