ColorOS 14 official version experience: Make companionship a habit

This article was first published on Tang Zhi Public Test, created by @三石515

In September 2013, OPPO released ColorOS 1.0 (based on the bottom layer of Android). At that time, I was still a sophomore in college. Now ten years have passed and I have reached my thirtieth year. OPPO has ushered in the new ColorOS 14.0 (based on the bottom layer of Android). ).

Ten years have passed in a hurry, and ColorOS has gradually grown into a smarter, smoother and safer mobile operating system. As a ten-year-old user, at this age, I no longer have the enthusiasm to try out new systems. After seeing that Tangzhi Public Test launched the ColorOS 14 public test experience event, I still chose to participate in the registration – not for anyone else. I just feel that as a ColorOS user for many years, I have a fondness for this system, so I would like to share some stories about how ColorOS has accompanied me.

Next, I will share my story about ColorOS and take you to experience ColorOS 14 together.

New system, better looking

Entering the desktop editing mode, we can see that ColorOS 14 retains the aquatic icon design of ColorOS 13, and also supports ColorOS’s unique ART+ icon mode. Turning on the ART+ icon uses the third-party application desktop icon redrawn by the designer, which can make ColorOS 14 The desktop is more beautiful and the system design style is more coordinated.

The ColorOS 14 desktop application folder also supports the application large folder function. Long press the application folder and click to switch to a large folder, so that the desktop will display a large folder with a 3*3 application icon matrix. Click the application icon in the large file to Open the application directly, which is intuitive and efficient and also makes the desktop simpler.

On the desktop, application card display is also supported. In desktop editing mode, click the + sign in the upper left corner, select the application card you want to add to the desktop, and confirm the addition. Under the beautification of ART+ application icons, the ColorOS 14 desktop, which is freely matched with application cards and large application folders, looks more beautiful, concise and uniquely personalized.

Regarding the UI adjustments of the ColorOS 14 system’s built-in application, I found that the photo album has four view modes: year, month, day, and my photos when displaying photos. If we have too many photos in the photo album, we can now switch to In the year view album photo display mode, when you enter the album, the photos will be summarized by year with the latest photo of the year as the cover. You can also display the photos by month. The UI with multiple album photo display modes can satisfy more users. needs.

The new system is better to use.

In my opinion, the three biggest updates in the use of ColorOS 14 this time are: global integrated creation, fluid cloud of ubiquitous services, and protection of security and privacy.

Global integrated creation makes mobile devices more productive, the fluid cloud of ubiquitous services makes daily scene services smarter, and the protection of security and privacy makes using mobile phones more secure.

Three major updates make ColorOS 14 overall "better to use" – and in each major update, it has every expected and unexpected situation, making the mobile device experience even better.

1. Transit Station—My Productivity Companion

The first function I like is the "Transfer Station", which improves my efficiency and allows me to spend more time with my family.

The transfer station is Android's first super temporary storage space that integrates preview and sharing, making it easier to complete cross-application and cross-device sharing. It can save all extracted information such as pictures, text, files, etc., supports 30-day temporary storage preview, and can also cross-device traffic and call the utilization in the transfer station.

In ColorOS 13, it already supports the function of sliding the application from the navigation bar on the application interface without letting go, and the application can quickly enter the application mini floating window function.

The same slide-and-drag gesture is also applicable to ColorOS 14’s new “Screen Capture and Flash Cutout”, which greatly reduces our learning time for the new functions of the ColorOS 14 system.

Press and hold on the interface where you need to cut out the image and don't let go. Wait for the system to finish cutting out the image and then drag it to the transfer station. After a smooth operation, you can complete the cutout photo and add it to the transfer station.

ColorOS 5.0, released in March 2018, is based on AI technology and has launched new functions such as "smart assistant, voice translation, smart screen recognition, smart scanning, and camera smart scene recognition". With the continuous updates of ColorOS and mobile phone smart chips As an iterative upgrade, the "Flash Cutout" function has been newly added to the photo album of ColorOS 14. Whether it is a photo or a video, we only need to long press and hold the subject we want to "cut out", and ColorOS 14 will cut out the outline of the subject. Separated from the background, we can save the cut out photos separately, or drag them to the transfer station in the smart sidebar for later use.

ColorOS 14’s new transfer station function in the smart sidebar is very efficient and smart, greatly reducing the workload of frequently processing text and photo replies. Edit a piece of text in a note, select all and long press, and the text will be gathered Press and hold the screen with your finger, and a "Save to transfer station" reminder area will appear in the upper right corner of the phone screen. Throw the text into this area, and then let go to save the entire text to the transfer station.

For the photos in the album, we use the send function, and then choose to send to the smart sidebar to save them to the transfer station. In this way, the photos we frequently send frequently can be saved in the transfer station and can be called at any time on any interface.

Open the smart sidebar and click on the transfer station to view all the files in the transfer station. ColorOS 14 transfer station also supports cloud synchronization. Cloud synchronization can expand the use scenario of the transfer station sharing with multiple devices under the same account. The transfer station is truly our account. A bridge and small distribution center for data on all devices in the ColorOS ecosystem.

Log in to the OPPO cloud service platform on the computer web page, and we can also view all the information in the transfer station on the computer.

If you want to share a frequently used photo, you can put this photo or this type of photo into the transfer station, then open the transfer station in the smart sidebar on the WeChat chat interface with your friends, and long press and hold the transfer station. Drag the sent photo into the WeChat chat input box.

After letting go and clicking Send, you can quickly send the photo to your friends or family, and the photo will remain in the transfer station. We can send the photo to other WeChat friends or retrieve it from other APPs at any time. use.

The transfer station is also a small treasure house for our data collection. We put all the texts and photos we need into the transfer station. Then we open and create a new note. You can multi-select the photos and texts you need in the transfer station, and then long press and drag. After dragging it into the note editing interface and letting go, you can add these photos and text to the note with one click, effectively completing the task of collecting materials.

Efficient office work has always been the direction ColorOS pursues. ColorOS 14 breaks through the limitations of file formats on the mobile phone. In the file manager document, we can see that ColorOS 14 system-level supports the file formats of many productivity software such as CAD/Markdown/Photoshop/Keynote/Pages. We can open engineering drawings with one click on the mobile phone and work online at any time. If Wouldn't it be great to use this feature on OPPO's newly released Find N3 folding screen.

2. Privacy and security, my guardian companion

ColorOS 3.1, released in June 2017, has improved system security. ColorOS has always focused on system privacy and security. ColorOS 14 further strengthens security and privacy functions. In "Settings – Permissions and Privacy", ColorOS 14 will automatically monitor application permissions. usage, and gives risk reminders for applications with permission transition authorization. Through one-click optimization, some unnecessary permission authorization of applications can be turned off, which can more effectively protect our privacy and security.

In terms of permission protection, ColorOS 14 further optimizes the permission management of "photos and videos" and adds a function to ask every time it is used.

In this way, when the app needs to read and use the photos and videos on our phone, ColorOS 14 will give a pop-up reminder, and we can choose which photos and albums on our phone we want this app to read and use.

For the photos and videos we take with our cameras, the EXIF ​​information of these photos will record in detail the model and shooting parameters of our shooting equipment, as well as the location information we took. If we share these photos directly, it will affect our privacy and security. It brings certain risks. ColorOS 14 allows us to choose to erase this sensitive information when sharing photos, so that every time we share it, it is safe.

In this era of mobile Internet, we often need to upload photos of our ID documents online to apply for newer documents or certificates. This brings certain hidden dangers to the leakage of our personal information and fraudulent use of information. ColorOS 14 is in "Album – Photo Editing – The "Privacy Watermark" function has been added to "Watermark".

In the privacy watermark, you can use real-name registration watermark, certificate application watermark, and rental watermark with one click. We can also customize the watermark text content, and then click Save to add it to the photo. This can limit the usage scenarios of the photo and greatly protect the security and safety of our private information. Beware of fraudulent use.

In the ColorOS 14 background management interface, click the three small dots in the upper right corner of the application card to choose to hide the background content of the application. We can hide the background card content of some applications with sensitive information, so that when we take screenshots or record the screen to share Avoid privacy leakage through background management.

Enter ColorOS 14 "Settings – Password and Security", we can turn on the password book function.

In the APP login interface, we can call the account number and password in the password book, and directly input it to complete one-click login by verifying the fingerprint. This can prevent us from being spied on when entering the password, and effectively protect the security of our account and password.

3. Fluid cloud is my smart companion in life

ColorOS 12, released in September 2021, adds the cross-screen interconnection function, which is the first step towards multi-terminal mutual tolerance. Now ColorOS 14 opens up global integrated creation and efficient mobile office. We can enter the device space in the drop-down notification center. Here we can see all the interconnected devices that match our mobile phone, including headphones, watches, computers, cars, etc.

We can also add cards for these devices to the desktop, taking the "My Vehicle" card as an example.

In this way, we can easily and quickly view our vehicle information on the desktop and use the functions in the vehicle, such as turning on the vehicle air conditioner, opening the trunk, etc. You can also customize the order of vehicle card functions by entering the card function editing interface. This is ColorOS 14.0 Bringing about the interconnection between mobile phones and cars.

ColorOS 14.0 further optimizes and improves the "cross-screen interconnection" function. Log in to your OPPO account on the cross-screen interconnection computer and you can quickly connect to our mobile phones.

Click the "Status Icon" in the upper left corner of the phone's status bar to view the connection status between our phone and computer in the form of a pop-up window.

The cross-screen interconnection of ColorOS 14.0 supports the opening of multiple mobile apps on the computer, and daily office work can be more efficiently separated from the mobile phone and a new mobile office based on the mobile phone.

Go to "Settings – Connection and Sharing – Portable Workbench" and turn on "Allow access to files on this device". This is a new feature brought by ColorOS 14.0. This is a supplement to cross-screen interconnection and further enables online mobile office on the computer side.

Log in to the OPPO cloud service platform on the computer web page, enter mobile work to send a connection application, and authorize and confirm the connection on the mobile phone.

Through the cross-terminal file function, we can view all photos, videos and files on the phone. And you can download the required files directly to your computer in the cloud.

The portable workbench of ColorOS 14 also allows the cloud to edit notes, Word, Excel, PPT and other files on the mobile phone, and can be synchronized to the mobile phone with one click, so that we can easily process the data in the mobile phone on the computer, and then synchronize it to the mobile phone. Sending via mobile phone breaks the problem of low efficiency in using professional office software on mobile phones.

Surprise: Xiaobu upgraded the AI ​​model and further became my all-round companion.

This time, Xiaobu can be said to have become my "exclusive assistant".

It is completely easy to do travel planning, write weekly newspaper copy, answer questions, etc. Intelligent text recognition is even more practical. As long as you copy valuable information, the capsule will appear to help you complete the operation you want faster.

To give a more practical example: when I need to make a three-day travel plan for my family to Yunnan, I can directly ask Xiao Bu to do this for me – in the past, Xiao Bu's approach was to jump to the web page. , and let me do my own search. For users, this is undoubtedly an additional exclusive assistant.

Summary: My experience has become my habit

The above is my experience sharing of ColorOS 14.0. Looking back on the past ten years, ColorOS has gone from 1. to 14.0.

One of the things that impressed me the most: When upgrading ColorOS 1.0, I still downloaded the complete firmware package through the community for card flashing. Since the system firmware was released at night, the school dormitory was disconnected, and then I ran to the mobile company. The business office downloaded the firmware package from the Internet to upgrade the system. At that time, it felt like the phone had become a new phone after the upgrade.

In fact, I have witnessed every iterative update of ColorOS, and every update is to make everyone more aware of ColorOS. With every update, I am full of expectations like updating ColorOS 1.0, and experiencing a smarter, smoother, and safer ColorOS 14, I think this ColorOS upgrade is about making steady progress and filling in the shortcomings of multi-terminal mutual tolerance.

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