Oppo's ColorOS 14 Goes Global: Here's What to Expect From the New Mobile OS
The latest mobile operating system is coming to Oppo phones everywhere.
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Oppo is rolling out its latest mobile operating system. ColorOS 14, which is based on Android 14, is set to make its way to the company's phones around the world, the company announced Thursday.
Color OS 14 will first arrive on flagship phones such as the Find N2 Flip and eventually to budget-friendly offerings including the Reno 10. The public beta of of Color OS 14 rolled out back in October for the Find X5 series, among other models.
New and notable to ColorOS 14 are a suite of AI-powered features in a similar vein to the ones on Google's Pixel 8. SmartTouch lets you "select content like text, images and videos and collect them on the File Dock, or even consolidate them into a single note by simple select and drag gestures." Smart Image Matting is another feature, this one lets you "crop multiple subjects out of a single image or paused video," according to Oppo.
Smart Charging automatically adjusts the "charging current based on the phone's usage status to help prevent unnecessary battery wear. " AutoPixelate, an AI-based privacy feature which came out with ColorOS 13, automatically pixelates sensitive information such as names and phone numbers before you share the screenshots with anyone. Oppo says it uses on-device processing and local image recognition technology to identify sensitive information in an image.
On the performance side, Oppo underscored three main features in its Trinity Engine: ROM Vitalization, RAM Vitalization, and CPU Vitalization. The former apparently helps you save up to 20GB in memory by compressing files and apps.
In 2021, Oppo and OnePlus "unified" their resources resulting in the two operating systems becoming virtually identical to the other. Color OS 14 has made that amalgamation even more evident.
ColorOS 14's design picks up where ColorOS 13 left off. Oppo introduced its water-inspired Aquamorphic aesthetic last year -- yes, basically the same Aquamorphic design as on the OxygenOS used in OnePlus phones. This year, ColorOS 14 brings a set of fresh ringtones for calls, alarms and notifications.