Oppo ColorOS 12 Based on Android 12 Announced: New Features and Eligible Devices List

 Oppo has announced ColorOS 12, the latest version of its Android-based operating system. The new version of ColorOS will be available for OPPO as well as OnePlus smartphones in the coming months. ColorOS 12 will first be rolled out for Oppo’s Find X3 Pro flagship phones, along with the OnePlus 9 Pro 5G and OnePlus 9 5G.


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ColorOS 12 Features: Everything you need to know

Oppo has unveiled the features of its latest ColorOS 12, which is based on the latest Android 12 OS. ColorOS is a mobile operating system created by Oppo Electronics based on the Android Open Source Project. Initially, Realme phones used ColorOS until it was replaced by Realme UI in 2020. Starting from the OnePlus 9 series, OnePlus will pre install ColorOS on all smartphones that are sold in mainland China instead of HydrogenOS (Chinese version of OxygenOS).

The company’s new software will soon be released for some of the Oppo and OnePlus smartphones that have been using ColorOS in China. Oppo says that Find X3 Pro Photographer Edition will be the first device to run the Android 12-based ColorOS 12 update. Oppo kept an Early access program for OPPO Find X3 Pro, OnePlus 9, and OnePlus 9 Pro owners in China, a day before the official reveals of ColorOS 12. Those who were able to get into the program will be the first ones able to test the ColorOS 12 beta. The latest operating system from OPPO comes loaded with a host of interesting features like new UI, new Omoji, better privacy controls, and more.

New UI


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Oppo has introduced several UI changes with ColorOS 12. The company named the design as ‘Borderless Design’. As the name suggests ColorOS no longer uses borders for separation. Each element is placed on a translucent layer, which the firm calls ‘acrylic sheet’. Even the new icons are called ‘acrylic icons’. ColorOS now follows responsive design and the software uses different shades of colors to distinguish between primary and secondary information. The interface is clutter-free with more white space between page layouts and text so that you can focus on the core content. There are over 300 new animations, and there is an increased contrast. ColorOS 12 comes with new widgets called ‘Quick View Cards’.

Performance and Animations


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The latest version of ColorOS comes with AI Self-Smooth Engine 2.0’. The said engine claims to reduce memory usage by 30%, reduce background power consumption by 20%, and increase battery life by 12%. ColorOS 12 also comes with ‘Quantum Animation Engine 3.0’. To offer smooth and real swiping experience the system now recognizes different window component elements with different mass and inertia and drives animations according to it.

Smart Sidebar 2.0


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The smart slidebar in Color OS is getting a revamp as well. Smart Sidebar 2.0 brings support for smart functions depending on different usage scenarios. For instance, it can help users identify music while listening to songs, offers a real-time translation option when playing foreign language videos, and displays a read-aloud function when reading something. It can also be used to compare prices between sites when shopping online.

Cross-Screen Interconnection


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Cross-Screen Interconnection is one of the biggest features of ColorOS 12. It enables you to use your phone from your PC,  and share files at a maximum speed of 45MB/s. Minimum requirements for this functionality include a computer running Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit powered by at least a 2.4GHz Intel Core i3 processor paired with 8GB RAM. The PC also requires a minimum of Bluetooth 4.1 and WiFi Direct.

Free Floating Window feature

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It is the advanced version of FlexDrop which was introduced in ColorOS 11. With this new implementation in ColourOS 12, windows can be now resized and moved anywhere on the screen with actions like tap and drag. It is more intuitive now.



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Oppo is also introducing AR emojis called Omoji. Omoji will capture your facial expressions in real-time, which you will be able to use in video calls. You can customize the Omoji to create a personalized avatar. You will be able to share the avatar with your friends and even use it as an animated sticker in the Always-on display. This feature is currently in the development stage and will be available with the stable version of ColorOS 12.

Privacy and Security

The new Color OS upgrade will naturally feature Android 12 privacy features. For instance, you will see privacy indicators on the status bar if an app is using sensitive permissions including the camera, microphone and location. There is a permission manager that keeps track of permissions used by apps. There are also additional features like ‘Notification Smart Anti-Peeping’, which hides notifications from others and media sharing without metadata. When sharing photos or videos, you will now have the ability to remove the private information such as date, location etc.

ColorOS 12 Release Date and Supported Devices

Here is the list of smartphones that will be updated to ColorOS 12 along with their scheduled rollout timeline as per Oppo's official website (in Chinese). 

Early October 2021

Find X3 Pro

Find X3 Pro Mars Exploration Edition

Find X3

OnePlus 9 5G

OnePlus 9 Pro 5G

November 2021

Oppo Find X2 Pro 

Oppo Find X2 Pro Lamborghini Edition 

Oppo Find X2 Find X2 League of Legends S10 Limited Edition 

Oppo Reno6 Pro+ 5G 

Oppo Reno6 Pro+ 5G Detective Conon

Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G 

Oppo Reno6 5G Limited Edition 

December 2021

Oppo Ace2

Oppo Ace2 EVA Limited Edition

Oppo RenoS Pro+ 5G

Oppo RenoS Pro+ Artist Limited Edition 5G 

Oppo RenoS Pro 5G

Oppo RenoS 5G

Oppo Reno5

Oppo K 5G

Oppo K9 5G

Oppo A95 5G

Oppo A93 5G 

2022 First Half

OnePlus 9R 5G

OnePlus 8T

OnePlus 8 Pro

OnePlus 8

OnePlus 7T Pro

OnePlus 7T

OnePlus 7 Pro

OnePlus 7

Oppo Reno Ace

Oppo Reno Ace Gundam Edition

Oppo Reno 10x zoom version

Oppo Reno Barcelona Custom Edition

Oppo Reno4 Pro 5G

Oppo Reno4 Pro 5G 2020 Summer Custom 

Oppo Reno4 Pro 5G Artist Limited Edition 

Oppo Reno4 5G Edition

Oppo Reno4 SE 5G

Oppo Reno3 Pro 5G

Oppo Reno3 Pro 5G Classic Blue Custom Oppo Reno3 5G Edition

Oppo Reno3 vitality version

Oppo K9 Pro 5G

Oppo K7

Oppo K7x

Oppo A93s 5G

Oppo A92s 5G

Oppo A72 5G

Oppo A55 5G

Oppo A53 5G