New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…….

Realme, the newest offshoot of OPPO, began their journey in India with by releasing the Realme 1. The Mediatek Helio P60 powered phone was originally a rebranded version of OPPO F7 Youth, but the Realme tagged model came with some interesting improvements.

Realme 1 with the unique diamond cut design

Besides the spectacular ‘Diamond Black’ design, the Realme 1 runs a trimmed down version of ColorOS 5.2 (based on Android 8.1). This variant is tailor-made for catering Indian consumers, thus many region specific tweaks are being incorporated inside the OS.

At the end of the 2018, the OEM launched Realme U1 as a spiritual successor to the original Realme 1. The SoC was upgraded to MediaTek Helio P70, while a 2 MP depth sensor was added alongside the primary 13 MP camera. However, the OS wasn’t updated.

Realme U1 is stuck with Android 8.1 Oreo based ColorOS 5.2 since its inception

The OEM promised to bring Android 9.0 Pie update for these entry level phones in the form of ColorOS 6, and they fulfilled their assurance. The official enrollment process of ColorOS 6 beta testing has been started for both Realme 1 and Realme U1.

The tentative changelog of the Pie update for Realme 1/U1 is as follows:


· Added notification icons in status bar

· Added lock screen magazine (only for Realme U1)

· Added a new navigation gesture

· Added app drawer to ColorOS launcher

· Added Riding Mode

· Added Live Wallpaper

· Android Security Patch Level: May 5th, 2019


· Updated UI of the notification panel

· Updated UI of AI Board

· Updated default theme


· Added Nightscape Mode

· Added HAL3 support


· Added realme Theme Store (only for Realme U1)

· Added realme Game Center (certain regions)

· Added realme community app (certain regions)

PiunikaWeb readers should remember that the company also brought full Camera2 API/HAL3 support to Realme 2 Pro – initially via beta, then in stable update.

Compared to Realme 1, the U1 model is scheduled to get the lock screen magazine feature (although it will be available later via another OTA update). The long-anticipated Theme Store is also coming to Realme U1, while there is no mention about it for Realme 1.

Theme Store in earlier build of ColorOS in Realme 1

Interested users can participate in the beta testing by filling in an online form: for Realme 1 / for Realme U1. The phone maker needs your contact details (Realme forum username, WhatsApp and/or Telegram ID) and IMEI (for pushing updates).


Hurry up, as the intake capacity is limited. According to Realme representative Alessio, they are going to release the stable version of Android Pie in about 3 weeks.

What are your expectations from the ColorOS 6 update for Realme 1/U1? Let us know by commenting below.

Update 1 (June 17)

Realme 1 is reportedly getting the Android Pie update in the form of ColorOS 6.0. The new build brings plenty of new features as well as May security patch.

Update 2 (June 20)

Realme U1 devices are now receiving Android Pie based ColorOS 6 beta.


Update 3 (June 20)

Madhav Sheth has shared when devices running ColorOS 6 beta will get the stable update. Complete story here.

Update 4 (June 25)

Realme support on Twitter is now telling Realme 1 and Realme U1 users the stable ColorOS 6 update for both units are in the process of staged roll out.

the stable update of ColorOS 6 along with Andriod Pie for realme U1 and realme 1 is in a staged rollout process and it will soon be reaching to all the devices.

Update 5 (June 26)

A wider rollout of ColorOS 6 on Realme 1 and Realme U1 has now started. Complete story here.

PiunikaWeb is a unique initiative that mainly focuses on investigative journalism. This means we do a lot of hard work to come up with news stories that are either ‘exclusive,’ ‘breaking,’ or ‘curated’ in nature. Perhaps that’s the reason our work has been picked by the likes of Forbes, Foxnews, Gizmodo, TechCrunch, Engadget, The Verge, Macrumors, and more. Do take a tour of our website to get a feel of our work. And if you like what we do, stay connected with us on Twitter (@PiunikaWeb) and other social media channels to receive timely updates on stories we publish.

Kingshuk De
896 Posts

I came from a mixed background of Statistics and Computer Science. My research domains included embedded computer systems, mobile computing and delay tolerant networks in post-disaster scenarios. Apart from tinkering with gadgets or building hackintosh, I like to hop on various subreddits and forums like MyDigitalLife and XDA.

Next article View Article

[Updated] Instagram crashing on all Android phones, but there are workarounds

Here's the crux of the article in video form: New updates are being added at the bottom of this story……. Original story from (June 5, 2018) follows: We're...
Jul 10, 2023 6 Min Read