It’s always fun to look at new software updates. Because a lot of them have unique features that nobody has ever thought of. And sometimes those exclusive features can turn out to be extremely useful. That’s exactly, how i felt after using oppo’s new color os 12 update. The new color os 12 in the first place, color os 12’s core foundation is based on android 12. It includes many unique features ui tweaks and a good amount of performance improvements. Plus that’s not even mentioning all the native andrew 12 features. Stock android experience that it comes with. so let’s go over everything that is new within color os 12 and drop a thumbs up if you’re looking forward to getting this update on your oppo phone.
Color OS 12
Let’s start with the biggest and most noticeable change color os 12 refines and simplifies most of the ui and some system apps to provide a cleaner and uncluttered look. This new design concept is based around inclusivity to make color os 12 synchronized with you and your lifestyle. I honestly love the new looks within the settings app. They’ve increased the spacing made the fonts larger with higher contrast increased the size of the app’s title and color coordinated everything to create a hierarchy system. In other words bright colors are used to highlight primary information. While dark colors are used for secondary information.
This new framework makes it easier for you. The user to navigate the app and to be able to find any information that you’re looking for much more quickly. Other apple apps like, the clock compass photos and recorder follow this simplified layout. Many of them even have the buttons and menus drop down towards the bottom. Now to make the screen easier to use with one hand.
Plus color os is now optimized in more than 70 languages with very accurate and concise ui text. A job well done with a new framework on top of that. Color os 12 follows google’s footsteps and using wallpaper-based themes. That means your settings, quick settings system apps and other subtitle system elements will match the same colors from your wallpaper. Start you off right oppo has included a new set of beautiful walls that take your home screen to the next level.
Each one is abstract themed and they honestly look great with whatever custom icons and widgets. choose to use color os 12, also introduced a new app called emoji. You can guess from the title, it lets you create 3d animated emojis. Choose to customize it with over 200 stylistic accessories including changing the skin color, hairstyle, eyes, nose accessories and more. The emoji will mimic your facial movements and expressions in real time. According to oppo, the facial information is processed in less than 10 milliseconds and rendering takes just 20 milliseconds providing the smoothest experience. When making fun and silly faces after you’re done creating your emoji. You can use it as your profile picture for your oppo account cover.
New Emoji Feature
Your face with it within video calls added to your always on display, send it to your friends through chat and more. It’s a fantastic feature to make your profile picture a bit more personal and fun. While still keeping you private just a disclaimer though emoji won’t be available till December at the earliest. It will only be available in selected regions, Oppa will provide more updates in the future on emoji. So stay tuned customization for the always on display has been greatly expanded with a ton more content. You can use including, new digital clocks, analog clocks animated images. And even use your emoji they also have an awesome new feature called portrait silhouettes.
Privacy and security features
Which lets you have anyone’s face outlined on your always on display. It works really well and all you need to do is select a selfie that you took and the ai will outline. The main parts of your face, I found it to make it easier to differentiate your phone from others. While the screen is off moving on under 12 has brought about a ton of privacy changes. Color os 12 has integrated every single one. They even created some of their own starting with the phone manager app. They improved it to better secure your device and privacy. Before you only had six different options but now you get a ton more spread throughout two new tabs.
The home tab provides an overall security score based on your current settings and gives you access to frequently used security functions. While the tool tab is a library filled with a ton of privacy and security features. Color os 12 also comes with a new privacy feature called anti-papi notification. I thought this was by far the coolest feature. It uses an ai smart sensor on your phone to detect, when someone is looking at your screen. If it detects that someone is peeping from the side, it’ll automatically hide the details of any incoming notification. So that nothing gets exposed an extremely useful feature. Especially if you have nosy roommates or relatives within the settings under the privacy section. There’s now a new submenu called privacy dashboard.
Which lets you know, what permissions were being used in the past 24 hours. What apps had been using them from there. You can choose to revoke their permissions easily. Whenever an app uses the camera or microphone, even the background or foreground. A green dot will appear in the right corner to let you know when apps request to use your location. You can now give them an approximate one instead of a more precise one and you can quickly stop all apps from using the microphone or camera. Straight from the quick settings with two new tiles. Simple as that finally color os 12 has a ton of under the hood changes. We as the user take for granted but they are essential for improving the performance and smoothness of the software. Color os 12 is dedicated to providing the smoothest experience for their users.
Quantum animation engine
They have made it for one the animations have been greatly improved thanks to oppo’s new quantum animation engine 3.0. This I engine gives items on the screen, a feeling of inertia for physically accurate animations. For example, when you move a floating window on the screen the window will keep moving. Even after your finger leaves the display gradually coming to a stop. As if it’s battling against virtual resistance small changes. This improve the bigger picture and there’s a new ai system booster that’s enabled by defaults. It analyzes how you use your phone to accurately identify the processes needed to ensure apps run even smoother. it’s beneficial for gamers with this new feature apple claims that they have been able to reduce ram by up to 30 percent prolong battery life by up to 12 percent.
Deliver an overall aging rate of just 2.75 over 36 months for your storage speeds. Apple has listened to the users and they implemented the most wanted feature. Color os 12 now allows you to connect and mirror your phone to your computer with their new upcoming app called pc connect. Not only will you be able to see your phone’s screen on your laptop but you’ll also be able to drag and drop data between both devices.
This includes the clipboard, which does come in handy. If you’re creating slides or don’t know how to share a long url. You’ll also be notified on your pc about any notifications or incoming calls from your smartphone and if you’re watching a video on your phone, you can full screen it on your pc for a more comfortable watching experience. Pc connect isn’t available yet but apple has confirmed that it will be available in february 2022.
The latest another neat feature that i loved using is called flex drop. This lets you turn almost any app into a floating window by simply swiping it to the top of the screen. It’s much quicker and easier than needing to go into the recent menu. I even love that, when you launch the app into a window it starts as a miniature version. So it doesn’t get in the way of the app you want to open up next from there. You can resize it by dragging its corners.
There’s also a new smart sidebar that you can slide in from the edge of the screen to do contextual actions or launch specific apps. You can launch google lens to quickly translate, whatever’s on your screen plus dragging an app outside. This menu will open it in split screen mode. I even love that this menu’s options change based on what app you’re currently using as. I said the system settings received a major ui change with everything being simpler and cleaner. But if we take a deeper look, even some of the menus within the settings receive significant ui changes.
Unique Menu Bar Features
The accessibility menu, for example now categorizes its submenus as tabs at the top to make it easier to find what you’re looking for plus. They’ve now integrated 22 new accessibility features. For example, I love the color vision enhancement tool that automatically adjusts the screen colors to help, those with color blindness have an easier time viewing the colors on their screen on top of that. I even love that some accessibility features. Now have an illustrative gif to clearly show how to use it and to tell you what it does. one didn’t even know what the time to take action menu did until an animation clearly showed me that. I could change how long incoming banner notifications should stay on my screen pretty useful. The battery menu also got a considerable redesign.
There’s a big green bar at the top that clearly shows me the current battery level and i even get suggestions for optimizations that can help improve my battery life. Things like turning off power draining apps or changing certain settings it comes in handy. If you’re not sure, why your battery is draining so fast on the topic of battery drain. Color os 12 will also notify you, when an app or activity is consuming abnormal amounts of power and will give you the option to close those power draining apps for a prolonged battery life. Pretty useful but apparently these power consumption notifications won’t be available until december at the earliest.
One last thing i wanted to mention about the battery menu, is that it now displays a char of your power usage from the last 24 hours. It makes it a lot easier to learn how much power has been consumed throughout the day and what services or apps are using up the battery. Anyways that’s mostly everything you need to know about apple’s new color os 12 date. It’s a juicy one with over 100 new features and i can’t wait for you all to try it out for yourselves.