Oppo has announced ColorOS 12, the latest version of its Android-based operating system. The update is coming to both OnePlus phones and Oppo’s own phones in China, where OnePlus has been using ColorOS since early this year. OnePlus recently announced that it would combine the codebase of its OxygenOS with ColorOS as the two companies would merge different activities.
ColorOS 12 doesn’t look very different from 11, but it makes more use of contrasting colors and white space, with a lower information density on many screens. Icons have been subtly redesigned to make more use of depth and texture. Oppo says it has improved more than 300 animations in the user interface, while also using an AI engine to reduce lag and stuttering.
ColorOS 12 is based on Android 12 and uses the updated privacy tools, such as adding a notification in the status bar when apps activate the camera or microphone. As for new features, Oppo is adding the ability to control its phones via a Windows 10 or 11 laptop, more sidebar tools that can be swiped from the edge of the screen, and a strangely familiar 3D avatar feature called … Omoji. Yes.
ColorOS 12 will be available first on a new “Photographer Edition” of Oppo’s excellent Find X3 Pro flagship phone. There will be a limited public beta in China in October for the Find X3 series and the OnePlus 9 series, which will be extended to earlier models in November and December. Overall, Oppo says more than 110 phone models and 150 million users worldwide can upgrade to ColorOS 12.