Update, November 26, 2019 (5:52AM ET): Oppo has now announced ColorOS 7 globally. We’ve updated the original article with information about some additional new features and a more specific rollout timeline for Oppo and Realme devices.
Original Article, November 21, 2019 (6PM ET): Oppo released ColorOS 6 earlier this year. It featured a few useful tweaks and a refreshing new coat of paint. Now, the company has unveiled the next iteration of its Android skin — Oppo ColorOS 7.
The Chinese manufacturer announced the update at a recent event in Beijing and later in a global launch on November 26. This time, ColorOS 7 is based on Android 10, and brings a completely revamped UI that is designed to reduce visual fatigue and offer a more pleasing color palette. Its icons are entirely customizable, too. Oppo has also added new charging animations and a three-finger screenshot gesture.
OPPO ColorOS7 Launch
The three-finger screenshot gesture is one of OPPO’s unique interactions since 2014. How to do it? Long-press with three fingers, select the screenshot area that you want. Done! Easy, right?!🙌#OPPOColorOS7 #ColorOS7Launch pic.twitter.com/qmdILMMGdy— ColorOS (@colorosglobal) November 26, 2019
Oppo also added a built-in focus mode, a new password management tool, and a button that allows users to quickly switch between recently used apps in ColorOS 7. The camera app also gets a revamp this time around, including an improved night mode and tweaked video editing tools.
For India, Oppo has announced a new app integrated with the government’s DigiLocker service. Called DocVault, the app will help users manage and securely verify their official documents like school certificates, domicile certificates and more.
OPPO ColorOS7 Launch
OPPO is the first smart phone company to use Digilocker platform as an authorized partner. DocVault is an easy, quick and smart way of managing documents on the go. pic.twitter.com/4NSZDmAqfT— ColorOS (@colorosglobal) November 26, 2019
Under the hood, ColorOS 7 sees improved RAM optimization, up to 40% reduced app startup times, and offers an overall enhanced gaming experience. Oppo has also partnered with Danish sound company Episound to redesign ColorOS 7’s sound effects. These new effects will attempt to emulate the sound of the physical world around you. Oppo hopes this will make using the OS a smoother, more natural experience.
ColorOS 7 availability
The stable version of ColorOS 7 is slated to launch on the upcoming Reno 3 before Oppo releases it on other devices. Afterward, it will come to several other Reno devices by the end of 2019. Devices like the Reno, Reno 2, Reno Ace, and Reno 10x Zoom are among that list. But the update will roll out to other Reno, Find, R, and Realme devices throughout 2020.
Select Realme X2 Pro users will get to experience the ColorOS 7 Beta starting December 18. The applicants for the program can fill in their application on the Realme community page. Starting from November 27 to December 3, 2019, users from India will be recruited for the beta testing program.
Realme XT users who have already participated in the ColorOS 6.7 program will also receive ColorOS 7 beta updates by November’s end.
You can see the entire release schedule for the trial version of ColorOS 7 for Oppo devices in the image below.
News of ColorOS on Oppo devices also comes a day after Realme CEO Madhav Sheth confirmed that ColorOS on Realme devices will be closer to stock Android. Furthermore, Sheth revealed a roadmap for these devices — check it out below.
- January 2020 — Realme 3 Pro, Realme XT
- February 2020 — Realme X, Realme 5 Pro
- March 2020 — Realme X2 Pro
- April 2020 — Realme 3, Realme 3i
- May 2020 — Realme 5, Realme 5S
- June 2020 — Realme 2 Pro
- Q3 2020 — Realme C2
Is your Oppo or Realme phone missing from the list of devices set to get the beta? Let us know below!