OPPO R15 ColorOS 6 (Android Pie 9.0) update trial version goes live for early adopters

As a smartphone SoC maker, MediaTek shifted their focus from the flagship segment since last few years. While Qualcomm, Huawei and Samsung are battling for the pole position, the Taiwanese semiconductor company now concentrates on budget friendly gaming and 5G platforms.

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Redmi Note 8 Pro: First phone to feature Mediatek Helio G90T gaming SoC

Due to the strong collaboration with Asian vendors and cheaper price, MediaTek chips are extensively used in no-name generic Android phones. Prominent OEMs like Xiaomi, OPPO and Lenovo/Motorola have also opted for these SoCs for designing low-to-mid ranger phones and tablets.

Talking about OPPO, they maintain a large inventory of MediaTek powered phones. Take the example of the R15 series from 2018: although the higher specced variants (OPPO R15 Pro and OPPO R15 Dream Mirror Edition) come with Snapdragon chips, the base model packs MediaTek Helio P60 SoC.

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OPPO R15

On the software side, the whole R15 lineup was launched with Android Oreo based ColorOS 5 from factory. The Chinese smartphone makers kickstarted the soak testing aka trial version of Pie update (ColorOS 6) for the Pro model in August, but there the situation was little bit complicated for the regular R15 owners.

OPPO did initiate an invitation based pilot testing of ColorOS 6 update for Chinese variants of R15 and R15 Dream Mirror Edition back in June, but the whole thing went silent afterwards. A new roadmap indicated that OPPO R15 should get the public beta in September, and it is happening right now!

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Teaser of the ColorOS 6 soak test event for OPPO R15

The current phase of early adoption is applicable for PACM00 and PACT00 device variants running latest 11.A.29 firmware. As a result, global models can’t directly participate in this soak testing unless they cross-flash the Chinese firmware.

Those who are willing to get the first taste of Pie need to navigate to Settings => Software Updates and enroll themselves for the early adoption trial. OPPO is going to allow as much as 10,000 volunteers in this phase.

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As for the changelog, you can find a bunch of familiar goodies as part of ColorOS 6 skin. Breeno (the intelligent voice assistant), revamped Game Boost (v2.0), new launcher – guess our readers are accustomed with them.

“Vision”
– Added a new visual beauty of youth, interface white with rhythm and gradual color, borderless aesthetics more comfortable and elegant

“Breeno”
– Added smart sweep to name Breeno, integrated Sweep function to Breeno space, use more convenient
– Add Breeno knowledge, scan documents, sweep questions, scan business cards, take photos, buy photos
– Add Breeno, support famous paintings, red wine and other types of identification
and optimization of intelligent assistants Renamed Breeno, new vision, more reasonable layout, more convenient to use
– Add Breeno, intelligent display of travel service card combination, provide destination weather, time, exchange rate, international Internet, travel and other service information
– Add Breeno Quick view, itinerary management card, timely reminder to the airport, the estimated time of the station, help you to arrange the travel time reasonably
– Add Breeno quick tour, take the initiative to inform the attention of the itinerary, prompt prompt departure, timely boarding, timely ride, etc.
– Optimize the wisdom to know the screen changed its name recognition screen Breeno
– New knowledge Breeno screen, iQIYI, vibrato, deft class applications such as video collection, free Tibetan richer
– Optimize voice assistant renamed Breeno voice, new upgrade, visual effects and interactive lighter
– Added Breeno voice control smart home, smart devices shortcuts, intellectual life to enjoy the new AI
– Optimized Breeno voice navigation The voice operation is one step, the navigation is more efficient.
– Add Breeno suggestion, provide valuable Breeno suggestions according to your current life scene.
– Add Breeno space, “Power button + volume up button” can be called out, fast Start intelligent functions such as screen recognition, voice, and recognition

“Hyper Boost”
– Added Game Boost 2.0, integrated Frame Boost and Touch Boost, optimized game card, improved touch response speed
– Added System Boost, compatible, and multi-underlying hardware platform for global optimization
– Added APP Boost For platform-level super applications, system-level special optimization

“System”
– Adding notification bar storage, storing unimportant notifications, reducing interruptions
– Adding new sliding gestures on both sides, sliding back on both sides is more convenient, gesture operation is easier to use
– New Add and save the disturbance mode scene customization, set the DND period

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ColorOS 6 camera UI

“Game”
– Optimize the game space, new visual revision, avatar game console, support horizontal and vertical screen hold
– Add game space status display, remaining battery capacity can be played Estimation of duration and network delay status
– Add my game time, store screenshots and screens in the game, view different games independently
– Add new game sounds, choose a variety of voices, and play the game experience more interesting
– Optimize low power mode. under reduce the game quality, game and more power

“Desktop”
– Added new default wallpaper and contemporary
– New Desktop Drawer mode
– Added dynamic wallpaper, more personalization options
– Added batch organize desktop icons

“Security”
– Added remote guard function, binding family phone, the guardian of the family with the machine Safety
indulge · Added Application of Fire, remote viewing tie Set the mobile phone application usage time
– Add security event notification, pay attention to the security of the bound mobile phone
– Added guardian scope, real-time view of bound mobile phone positioning and setting guard range

“Tools”
– Automatic calculation of calculation results during new calculator calculation process
– Added calendar schedule week view
– Added calendar birthday, anniversary, Countdown day schedule creation
– New note to-do list
– New holiday alarm clock, alarm clock smart skip legal holidays

“Camera”
– Optimize portrait mode photo experience
– Optimize camera interaction

“Album”
– Optimize album interaction
– Add new sharing gallery Share every moment
– Add new pictures, collection function, one-click collection of important pictures

“Communication”
– Add harassment interception blacklist start number matching, intercept phone and SMS at the beginning of specific number
– Add call flash, lock screen There will be a flash reminder when the screen is off.

You may find some weird texts in the above changelog as it is directly translated from Chinese. For further information, head over to the official discussion thread. Hope OPPO will soon expand the soak testing to the global R15 variants as well.

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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.