OPPO K1 ColorOS 6 (Android Pie 9.0) update trial version (soak test) goes live

With the incorporation of Realme, OPPO is gradually occupying the market segment long-dominated by Xiaomi/Redmi. However, the Chinese tech giant has a handful of stunning mid-rangers in their device portfolio. Take the example of OPPO K1.


Two-tone gradient colored body, dewdrop notch, under-display fingerprint scanner – you can get all those trendy things with a reasonable price tag. The phone is powered by Snapdragon 660 SoC, which is fairly capable. Moreover, OPPO opted for AMOLED display panel for this budget beast.

The battery capacity is moderately large (3,600 mAh), but the microUSB charging port and the software are the biggest disappointments of OPPO K1. Although the phone was launched during Q4, 2018, OPPO shipped Android Oreo based ColorOS 5.2 out of the box.

Even OPPO Customer Care was not sure about the timeline of ColorOS 6 update (Source)

FYI, OPPO published a tentative roadmap of the Android Pie based ColorOS 6 rollout plan in mid-August. According to the schedule, OPPO K1 should receive the update in this month (September).

Well well well, this is actually happening right now! OPPO has opened the windows of ColorOS 6 trial (more of a soak testing) for a limited number of volunteers. All you have to do is to enroll via Settings => Software Updates.


The company will allow only 2,000 early adopters for the first round of pilot testing, so you need to hurry up. You need to install the latest A.13 software update before opting for the soak test.


The ColorOS Community app is the sole method of bug reporting, so do provide feedback through the app. The trial version should be very close to be a daily driver, with tons of ColorOS 6 specific goodies. The full changelog is as follows:

·Redesigned the UI to suit the bezel-less screen. Blank spaces and colour gradients are carefully harnessed to interpret aesthetics, grace, and youth.

「Hyper Boost」
·Added Game Boost 2.0 (which integrates Frame Boost and Touch Boost), reducing game lags.
·Added System Boost: Optimized the whole system through improved compatibility between bottom-layer hardware platforms.
·Added App Boost: optimized platform-level heavy-weight apps.

·Added a button to hide unimportant notifications with just a tap.
·Added swipe gestures on both sides to go back, allowing easier navigation.
·Added custom “Do Not Disturb” scenarios. Different time ranges can be set dependent on the scenario.

「Game Space」
·Game Space: new visuals, game console, landscape, and portrait screen orientations.
·My Games Moments: screenshots and screen recordings of games can be collected here and be viewed independently.
·You can reduce image quality to save power in Low Power Mode.

Game Space in ColorOS 6

「Home Screen」
·Added default wallpapers with aesthetics and modern feel.
·Added drawer mode on Home screen.
·Added live wallpapers to satisfy different users.
·Added batch icon management on Home Screen.

·Calculator: the result of each step is immediately displayed.

·Optimised Portrait mode.
·Optimised UI.

·Optimised UI.
·Added Favourites function: Photos can be added to Favourites.

·Added block rule: block calls and messages from numbers that start with certain prefixes.
·Added Flash on Call: the flash blinks if there is an incoming call when the screen is locked or off.
·You can connect to two Bluetooth devices at the same time, allowing quick switching between them.

·Added Screen Colour Mode: screen display effects can be changed.
·Added Riding Mode (applies to partial regions).

For further information, head over to the official announcement thread.

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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.