We installed ColorOS 13 (Android 13) in beta on an Oppo Find X5 Pro. New features, new design elements, here’s everything we discovered.
As expected, the global beta launch of Oppo’s interface, ColorOS 13 based on Android 13, took place on August 18 at 13.00 (Paris time). If we don’t yet have information about its public availability, we were able to install it on a compatible smartphone for a first hand. Since this is a far from stable beta version, we prefer to wait a little longer before offering you a full test. Here’s what we learned.
The most anticipated news is also the least surprising. The vast majority of users undoubtedly appreciated the Monet system, which allows tapping on the wallpaper for interface colors, so Oppo decided to take it a step further. Just a little bit.
Instead of and four color choices, you will therefore find six, with the addition of a new blue “inspired by the subtle color differences on the water at sunrise and sunset”, writes the brand. Besides the now 16 color palettes offered on the Pixel Experience, it’s still a bit cheap, but it’s still taken. On the other hand, on the same subject of colors, the really good idea of ColorOS, which is to be able to manually select the colors of the wallpaper from which to draw, is still there.
Continuing on the purely design side, the shortcut pane has been completely redesigned to better highlight three tiles. Two of them are customizable, while the one that controls the music player is non-removable. The manager of the associated audio units is also developing somewhat on the sidelines.
If ColorOS 13 does not seem to offer a revolution compared to Oppo’s much appreciated interface, it at least has the advantage of bringing some interesting features. We’re thinking, for example, of an ability to automatically blur names and avatars when you take a screenshot from a Messenger or WhatsApp conversation.
We should also mention the addition of an encrypted safe, which allows sensitive documents to be put aside. Some privacy settings added by Android 13 are also invited to the party, such as automatically deleting the clipboard after a certain time or the possibility to use the Nearby Wi-Fi function without revealing its position. . ColorOS also offers a novelty that helps hide a sensitive window in multitasking.
Another important new feature, if you’re making a video call, ColorOS should handle it so that messages take up a little less space. Child mode has also been slightly improved. This will now warn children using the phone when their surroundings are too dark to avoid damaging their eyes, or if they are too close to the screen.
More anecdotally, the icons for the basic applications have been redesigned, and the fonts offer more options for bold, size or even style. It is now also possible to display its application folders in large format. Let’s add that the shelf, which corresponds to the iOS control center, receives a few more widgets for the occasion.
What is still missing
Android 13, in its primary form, which is visible at Google, shows many new features that are still missing here. If the possibility of using the phone on multiple accounts is present, we can regret that Oppo has overlooked other important points.
For example, it is impossible to set a specific language per application. No trace of passage of messages in Register currently. However, we bet that Oppo will be able to add these important new features in the final version of its interface.
The application search system is broken.
Finally, know that the interface at this stage is aptly called beta. In fact, we cannot advise you to install it now, the amount of errors is still very important. Small example: the search bar in the application drawer no longer works at all.
For once a manufacturer under Android communicated a clear overview of the devices that will receive its update in beta, so take advantage of it. Here is the official list announced by Oppo:
- August 2022: Find X5 Pro and Find X5;
- September 2022: Find X3 Pro, Reno 8 Pro 5G;
- October 2022: Reno8 5G, Reno7 Pro 5G, Reno7 5G, Reno7, Reno6 5G, F21 Pro, K10 5G, A77 5G, A76;
- November 2022: Reno7 Z 5G, Reno6 Pro 5G, Reno6 Pro 5G Diwali Edition, Reno6 Z 5G, Reno5 Pro 5G, Reno5 Pro, F21 Pro 5G, F19 Pro+, K10, A96;
- December 2022: Find X5 Lite 5G, Find X3 Neo 5G, Find X3 Lite 5G, Find X2 Pro, Find X2 Pro Automobili Lamborghini Edition, Find X2, Reno8, Reno8 Z 5G, Reno5 5G, Reno5 Z 5G, A94 5G, A74 5G ;
- first half of 2023: Oppo Pad Air, Reno8 Lite 5G, Reno7 Lite 5G, Reno7 A, Reno6, Reno6 Lite, Reno5, Reno5 Marvel Edition, Reno5 F, Reno5 Lite, Reno5 A, F19 Pro, F19, F19s, A95, A94 , A77, A74, A57, A57s, A55, A54 5G, A54s, A53s 5G, A16s.
When it’s time, your compatible device should offer you the update in Settings > About Device. At the top right of the page, press the three dots, select Trials, follow the instructions, and you’re there.
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