Realme responds to ColorOS 6 (RealmeOS) feature requests: dark mode, camera time watermark, status bar icon optimization, & more
It’s interesting to see big smartphone companies creating spin-offs and trying so hard to pose them as independent smartphone sellers, but in one way or the other, the sub-brands can’t be separated from their mother companies.
For instance, Huawei has the Honor sub-brand and wants everyone to treat the latter as an independent player in the smartphone business. However, Honor devices still use the same EMUI software found on Huawei phones.
This, though, is changing thanks to the introduction of Magic UI, which is still a subtle tweak to the existing EMUI and in most cases, it’s hard to tell the difference between the two skins.
The story is the same with Xiaomi, Redmi, and POCO with respect to MIUI and nothing changes as far as Oppo and Realme are concerned, where the same ColorOS skin is used with a few tweaks here and there.
Apparently, Realme wants to further differentiate itself from Oppo by ditching the ColorOS naming for its own skin dubbed RealmeOS. This, BTW, hasn’t been confirmed just yet and so far, it’s widely known as Project X.
In readiness for this big update, Realme has been collecting some user feedback on features that fans would like included in the alleged RealmeOS and last week, the company responded to some of these feature requests in a post published on its Chinese forums.
Some of the requested features are already part of the new ColorOS 6.0.1 that comes preinstalled on recent devices like Realme 5 and Realme XT, while others should be part of the upcoming Android 10 update.
According to Realme, the company has accepted the feature request to add a dark mode to a future RealmeOS update for your device. Whether this will be limited to devices that will be upgraded to Android 10 remains to be seen, but it’s unlikely to be the case.
Delete system apps
ColorOS, like many other Android skins, has a bunch of pre-installed apps that users can’t uninstall without rooting their devices. But it seems a future update might change things.
Apparently, Realme says the feature request to remove system apps is under review and progress on the same will be communicated at a later date. This, you must note, doesn’t confirm that the feature will indeed come, but that this option is under consideration.
Status bar icon optimization
Another feature request that has been accepted and could actually find its way to more Realme devices is the status bar icon optimization option. The company says the feature suggestion has been accepted, but it doesn’t say when the feature will be added to ColorOS.
In-app purchases in the Theme Store
The Theme Store started arriving on Realme phones in May while others joined the party courtesy of their updates to Android Pie. Since then, users have been requesting for the option to make purchases in the Theme Store and the company has finally caved in.
Apparently, this feature request has been accepted and is currently under review, possibly with the option to include it in a near-future update.
Free choice of USB debugging off time
For those who love to tinker with their devices, USB debugging should be a familiar term. Apparently, this group of Realme fans want the option to freely choose when enable/disable USB debugging on their devices and yea, Realme says this option is under consideration.
Camera time watermark
Realme users who have been requesting for the option to add a time watermark to their photos will also be glad to learn that Realme has accepted this suggestion and is reviewing it. As for when it will arrive, your guess is as good as ours.
Floating window reminder can’t slide left and right
If you are among the people who requested the option to swipe the floating window reminder right or left on your Realme phone, well, the company says this feature is under development, meaning, it shouldn’t be long before it comes out.
Game space, WeChat floating window response imbalance
You might not be using WeChat for obvious reasons, but Game Space is one that you might find hard to stay off, especially if you are an avid gamer. Apparently, Realme says the issue of game space (and WeChat) floating window response imbalance is being looked into, so a fix should come soon.
Other feature suggestions that have also been talked up and are under consideration include the option to add lock screen to prevent accidental touches, adding a voice shutter function, as well as a fix to the issue where voice navigation only recognizes Baidu and Gaode maps, etc.
As you may have noticed, though, these features are mostly targeted to the Chinese market, although we also expect some of them to find their way to the global/Indian variants of Realme phones perhaps based on RealmeOS. As for when they will arrive, only Realme knows the truth.
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