Realme UI 2.0 (Android 11) update early impressions & hands-on comparison video (vs Realme UI 1.0)
Android 11 is official. I am sure you’ve heard this from early adopters and reviewers alike. Android 11 is more of an update from Android 10 than it is an upgrade.
What this means is that Android is a relatively mature and stable operating system at this point. A lot of the work moving forward will have to do with optimization and fine-tuning.
While the same refinement is bound to make its way to other Android 11-eligible devices, the respective OEMs will no doubt have a field day with this through their respective skinned versions of Android 11.
Realme’s Android 11 skin is dubbed Realme UI 2.0 and already, we’ve seen the company making decent strides in the development of the same.
At the time of writing, we already have a list devices that are eligible for an update to Realme 2.0 and the Realme X50 Pro already has a Beta build.
This offers us a unique opportunity to look at the differences between the current skin, Realme UI 1.0, and the upcoming second edition.
We’ve already looked at some of the features coming in Realme UI 2.0 and today, thanks to a YouTube video by Mr. Phone, we have a comparison.
The video goes into detail, comparing the changes that Realme UI 2.0 bears over its predecessor. Please note that this is still a Beta release and there might be changes before the stable release is available.
Also, in a post shared by the Realme on the company’s community forum, members of the various teams within Realme share with users some of their favorite features in Realme UI 2.0.
The members, pulled from the various departments including Device Team, Resource Team, Moderators, all share with users some of their favorite aspects of this upcoming build. Here’s what they had to say:
“First thing that really amazed me about realme UI 2.0 is customization at a single place. If you want to play with colors, AOD notification patterns, Fonts-From Size to Type, or if you love to give your fingerprint scan a new Avatar every day. You can personalize each and every part from a single place, that adds something more in user-friendly experience”
Vaibhav Rana : Moderator
Some of the visual changes coming in Realme UI 2.0 include a transparent panel in the notification shade. This is a sharp contrast from Realme UI 1.0’s One UI-inspired notification shade. A much needed visual revamp if you ask me.
Perhaps one of the biggest additions in this upcoming release is the inclusion of support for custom icon packs by the default launcher. There’s also a new customization bar in this build, offering users yet another layer of personalization. Here’s what a moderator, Shree Dutt Jha, had to say.
“First of all, I like to mention that coming from realme UI 1.0 and experiencing the realme UI 2.0 was superb and a seamless fun. I experienced and noticed lots of changes and improvements in the new realme UI 2.0. However, the one I liked the most was the Global theme color, where now we can customize our notification panel, system Toggles or system icon at any time whenever we get bored of the regular colors pattern, thus these changes make realme UI 2.0 more interesting to use for me.”
Still on the launcher, imagine being able to combine folders. I mean, creating a folder for your folders. Well, that too is baked in!
Dark Mode has been pretty lame in previous releases. With Android 11-based Realme UI 2.0, users get three different options of dark mode: Enhance, Medium, and Gentle. This goes to allow users to further fine-tune their experience.
Other little, yet useful changes coming in Realme UI 2.0 include Clone System that offers users the ability to switch profiles on the same device, improvements to the Game Space feature, a few features in the camera app, along with new photo editing features.
“As I was expecting many optimizations and better gaming performance, realme UI 2nd generation stands upon my expectation, & in realme UI 2.0 it comes out with the latest features which will amaze all the gamers. like the gaming stats and games Screen recording etc, this interface comes when swiping in out swipe through the left Screen. It comes with whole new Optimization which will prevent gamers from lag and stutter, Improved with AI gaming experience. Less consumption of battery switches from normal to Competitive with more advancement, etc. The special and new thing in new realme UI. 2.0 is No more compromise of privacy concern as it comes with the latest private space and advanced privacy mode. These all things make it an unbeatable UI in all aspects.”
– Enkay Tripathi : Device Team
We cannot cover all the features in Android 11-based Realme UI 2 in a single post. We shall have a review once the stable version of this skin drops to more eligible devices.
We shall continue to update as and when more devices get updated to Android 11 and you can check out our tracker here.
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