Sep 10, 2020

OPPO ColorOS 11 Arriving on September 14, Public Beta Program Now Rolling

The BBK subsidiary is moving from the ColorOS 7 and will go straight to ColorOS 11. There will be an online launch event on September 14, but before that, a public beta program for a few select OPPO smartphones has already begun.

Changing the naming convention of its custom skins, OPPO has taken a direct leap to the ColorOS 11 from the current ColorOS 7, apparently synchronizing its name with the Android 11 OS that has just been released on select devices.

Following Google's release timing, OPPO also unveiled the Android 11-based ColorOS 11 public beta version, making it one of the first OEMs to run a stable version of Android 11.

Nevertheless, OPPO is not the first smartphone manufacturer to skip numbers to match Android's OS versions. When Android 8.0 Oreo was launched, HUAWEI jumped to EMUI 8 from EMUI 5. Likewise, with the release of Android 9, OnePlus hopped straight to OxygenOS 9 from OxygenOS 5.

Currently, the ColorOS 11 beta is limited to a few handset models that include the OPPO Find X2 and X2 Pro, as well as the OPPO Reno3 and Reno3 Pro.

The Chinese smartphone manufacturer is already recruiting testers in this regard. And if you are the chosen one, you can directly visit "Settings," then "Software Update," and tap on "Download Now."

Since the company is rolling out Android 11 as a public beta update, some final touches remain for stability. But it seems the process won't take much time.

OPPO has gone ahead and announced that it would globally launch the stable version of ColorOS 11 on September 14, though it hasn't revealed the new custom OS's features.

The latest Android 11 OS, meanwhile, brings several new features to the table. Worthy of mention are chat bubbles, one-time permission for apps, new media controls, and a screen recorder feature. There is also a feature that groups all notifications from different social media apps into a conversation section.

ColorOS is one of the few UIs that offers a less cluttered Android experience. In the past, OPPO has claimed that its next ColorOS would offer a near-stock Android experience. It remains to be seen how far it has succeeded.

The September 14 launch event will be live-streamed across all media channels. In the Philippines, it can be viewed on the same day at 5 PM.