If you want to give the domestic Android customization system a "visual progress award", then ColorOS can be regarded as a strong contender for this award. In just two years or so, ColorOS has escaped from the stereotyped strong style. At the beginning, there is a sense of design beauty, and then it is updated from generation to generation, and there is progress from generation to generation.
On September 24 this year, a new generation of ColorOS 11 was officially released. Since the release of ColorOS 7, which is "bright and borderless" last year, 8 months have passed. The version number has changed from 7 to 11, which means ColorOS closely follows the Android version. , The pace of development is getting faster and faster. Of course, after seeing its previous progress, our expectations for it are not limited to its fast.
Return the power of system creation to users
Since its birth, mobile phones have become the most indispensable part of our lives, and the word "partner" can even be used to give it life.
As users, we get along with mobile phones day and night, and we naturally hope that it will look good enough, and it is best to continue to give us freshness. However, unless the shell is changed, it is difficult for the same mobile phone to keep users fresh. Then leave this task to the system in the phone.
Based on the excellent UI design of the previous work, ColorOS 11 has further opened up customization permissions, with a built-in wallpaper and a "personalization engine" for the screen interface, allowing users to freely express their creativity.
Wallpaper naturally goes without saying. In addition to the three native options of "static wallpaper", "live wallpaper" and "Art+", you can also choose a third-party or user's own photos as the wallpaper.
I personally like to choose from "Art+". In addition to the good-looking pictures, there is a short introduction behind each work. It feels like visiting an art gallery. The new series of wallpapers in collaboration with "Beauty Science" uses microscopic observation + microscopic, time-lapse photography + wallpaper making methods to amplify common and difficult-to-perceive chemical reactions in daily life and capture the color changes in the microscopic world. It is worth looking forward to.
In the "Interior Screen Style", there are a wealth of customization options. The subject can choose hand-painted creation (similar to a kaleidoscope dynamic effect), personalized signature, pattern and clock, and other small elements can be arranged by the user.
The new multi-level dark mode adds three gradient options of "enhanced", "moderate" and "soft", not blindly turning the screen into pure black.
This also reflects the core of ColorOS 11’s desire to refine the user experience. Everyone’s needs are different. There is only one option that can’t cover everyone. Even McDonald’s and KFC have added a small program that allows consumers to choose How can our Internet mobile phone manufacturers lag behind the humanized options of whether to pickle cucumbers and sauces.
ColorOS 11 integrates all the parts that users can customize to "play" in "Settings"-"Personalized Customization", ranging from conventional icon styles, desktop layouts, wallpaper themes, to notification center icon styles , Can be customized by users.
There are still a lot of customization options similar to subdivisions in ColorOS 11, because this time ColorOS has raised the importance of individuals to a new level, giving users the initiative of system design.
The deeper the level, the more customizable items. Similar to the modification system in a racing game, if there are more modification items, the player's interest will be higher, and they are naturally more willing to brush the track and score, until they create a chariot that they are satisfied with.
After several generations of system polishing, ColorOS has explored a set of unique design philosophy and further put forward the concept of "individualization" on the basis of no boundaries. Fully open the system's customizable capabilities to users, and the latter can display unlimited imagination within an orderly framework.
ColorOS 11 hopes to use this personalized creation engine to break the previous situation of designer centralization. The more deeply users play, the more they can realize the charm of their own playing system.
Presumably, many people have also seen many users who modify the system theme fonts by themselves, and have also seen the catastrophic consequences of fantasy fonts such as Yuanju or Kill Matt themes on the aesthetics of mobile phones, but on ColorOS 11, although it has given users Very large creative freedom, but basically how to tinker, its beauty is online, I have to say that ColorOS 11 has found a good position in this balance of freedom and beauty.
The auditory experience that is easily overlooked can also be customized
In ColorOS 11, the authoring engine is not only used in the interface, but also used in the creation of ringtones.
I don’t know if everyone has encountered such a situation. The ringtone of a cell phone in the office rang, and everyone was checking their cell phone until someone said "Hello? Hello".
Blame this cookie-cutter ringtone. If everyone is still using the default ringtone, but you are using a unique ringtone created by yourself, this will not happen to you.
But creating music is easier said than done, and ColorOS 11 certainly understands, so it simplifies the process. The system provides 10 ringtones as the base. The user slides his finger on the interface to realize the operations of variation, pitch shift, and addition of sound elements.
The process of customizing the ringtone becomes as simple as preparing a cup of milk tea, with more sugar and less sugar, adding ice to remove ice, is the creative formula. You can use this method to make a cup of milk tea that you can drink without getting tired of, and you can also create your favorite ringtones.
Therefore, ColorOS 11 can not only customize the visual elements, but also cannot lose the audio gameplay.
During the experience of ColorOS 11, one of my favorite features is OPPO Relax. Living in a fast-paced big city, listening to the sounds of nature has become a luxury.
Open OPPO Relax, the listening function of which provides a lot of environmental white noise. If you like, you can also mix and match dozens of sound effects to tune into your own "hypnotic music". The sleep aid effect is full, so it is not recommended to listen to it at work.
The newly added "Explore" function is an experimental creation made by ColorOS and the multimedia music interactive project Musicity, which includes the "City Voice" of five cities: Beijing, Shenzhen, Bangkok, Tokyo, and Reykjavik. Sound engineers sampled sounds at three locations in each city. For example, in Beijing, there are recording samples of "Baita Temple," "Zhongshan Park," and "Polishing Factory."
Click in to view a short introduction of the place, and adjust the richness of sound elements. Listening to the roar of the white pagoda temple recorded in the "Voice of the City", many imaginations appeared in my mind, and my body relaxed. This feeling is like the song Zhou Xun sang, called "The Body Is Not Moved, The Heart Is Far".
Many people have already used white noise to help sleep or concentrate on calming emotions. In my opinion, "City Voice" is a more advanced function than ordinary white noise. It is more exploratory and pyrotechnic. The murmur of the stream or the spring rain certainly has a sense of seclusion, but the sound of the train station in Bangkok or the children's play on Takeshita Street in Tokyo can make me feel the life elsewhere when I am alone.
Although it is not a main feature, the entrance is not obvious, but it has a wonderful feeling of "a winding path leads to a quiet place", and it is also a retrospective of the environment where the more you use the phone, the more indulged.
The devil is in the details
More than ten years have passed since the invention of the smart phone we are using. It is obviously too ideal to look forward to big innovations in every update. Both iOS and Android have entered the stage of small steps forward. It is like a contest between school masters. It is difficult to open the big difference, but the details often determine success or failure.
As an authority, ColorOS certainly cannot avoid this problem. This version is an optimization and improvement of previous details.
Last year, OPPO released the free commercial font library OPPO Sans, which is really interesting. In this year's ColorOS 11, OPPO Sans has been upgraded to infinite adjustment. Pull the slider left and right, you can see that the font is infinitely reduced or enlarged and the animation is quite smooth.
When I adjust the volume again, the side volume bar becomes thicker when I slide my finger, and returns to a slender bar at the end. It responds quickly and follows the hand. I even think it predicts my movements.
In addition, "Flash Window" is also a function I often use. ColorOS 11 divides the App window into three sizes: full screen, small window and mini window. In the full screen state of the App, sliding and stopping from the bottom edge allows the App to enter the latter two states.
In the small window state, the window size becomes smaller, but it can still be interactive; and the mini window, as the name suggests, has a smaller size and is not interactive in this state. It can quickly switch between different states, the learning cost is not high, and the efficiency of multi-task parallel interaction can be improved.
Newly added O-Haptic vibration feel customization. The vibration feel has three levels of adjustable gears, which is also optimized for differentiation.
The above-mentioned detailed functions can be seen everywhere in ColorOS 11. It may be "not strong" when taken out individually, but the stacking of ten, twenty, hundreds or thousands of details will produce an effect of 1+1>2.
This is a system that encourages users to play
In the first few years of Android, there was no shortage of various personalization options, but because of the high degree of freedom and everyone's different definition of beauty, the result was naturally not ideal. As a result, many users simply abandoned their personality and spent the life cycle of this phone under the default theme.
Take a look at today's Android-based ColorOS, which is already the first echelon level in terms of functions and localized applications, and is gradually out of its own unique route. This year ColorOS 11 improved the details on the one hand, and on the other hand put the "personalization" baton in the hands of users, which is logical and more orderly.
Today, the number of ColorOS global monthly active users has reached 370 million, among which generation Z young users are not a minority. Therefore, each generation of ColorOS updates is close to their aesthetics and needs. ColorOS understands their minds, and young people's pursuit of personalization is so strong that it is hard to suppress.
In this case, create a complete and sufficiently detailed design rules, so that users can give full play to their imagination, no matter how tossing it will not go wrong.
This is the origin of ColorOS 11's "creation without borders". Everyone can become a "designer". ColorOS 11 has been officially released, and friends who are holding OPPO phones can quickly get started and create something for themselves.
In fact, the smart phone system has developed to this day, and there is not much difference in general functions. It is difficult to find a system with incomplete functions. This is also the reason why everyone thinks that Android and iOS are learning from each other. It often exists in design and details.
Maybe users will not download a new app for months, maybe users will be addicted to a certain app for two or three hours, but the system provider needs to give different users different aesthetics, and provide highly flexible "containers" to satisfy this The number of hundreds of millions of users is personalized, and some places are needed to allow users who are not to leave their bodies to rest for a while.
This is probably something that ColorOS 11 is thinking about.
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