There is a feeling that this year may be the most "improved" year for the domestic Android system.
Of course, this is limited to a certain meaning. Unlike the era when domestically produced systems flourished, although there were many but the overall level was not high, native Android was too rough. But with the benchmark of iOS, there has always been a huge gap from the "world leading level".
Looking back now, the system interface that I thought was pretty good at the time was actually limited in its strengths than "QQ space beautification".
But this year domestically produced Android gives me a very different feeling.
The difference this year is to advance aesthetically
Last year’s MIUI 11 has actually seen efforts towards aesthetics. At that time, Slogan was “renewed in efficiency and full of sound and color”. The second half of this sentence is the reinvention of the overall MIUI design language.
If you still remember the updated content of MIUI 11, for example, the system interface has removed a large number of dividing lines to create the white space, the font thickness of the infinite change, the bold dynamic effects when you click the clock and dial numbers, including the overall sound effect. Construction, it can be seen that MIUI has indeed begun to rethink aesthetics.
MIUI 12 is still moving forward on this road, but MIUI 11 is incomparable in terms of overall completion. MIUI 11 is like just learning a few words when learning English. It can only jump out one word by word, which can barely make people understand what they want to do.
By MIUI 12, I have been able to communicate in English relatively fluently, and have reached a relatively self-consistent design style based on the overall design, and have touched the threshold of the design language, from the UI to the UE level.
The most obvious example is in motion effects. MIUI 12 has created a new "Miyou Light Cone Motion Effect Architecture", which includes animation engine, rendering engine, and illustration engine.
However, the use of a new set of dynamic engine and visual style also brings a lot of underlying optimization problems. In the process of upgrading MIUI 12, the priority will be the newly launched Xiaomi Mi 10 series this year, contact priority and flagship The performance can also maintain a smooth experience, and the older models are not optimized in place, and the lag problem has become the focus of the community.
▲ The imitation of iOS 6 compares the flatness of iOS 7. Picture from: ExtremeTech
In fact, this point even reminds me that when iOS was upgraded from the quasi-style iOS 6 to the flat-style iOS 7, there were also a lot of lag problems. The subsequent adjustments to each generation of frosted glass brought new pressure and bugs. , This year is also the most serious time for iOS lagging problems, and it was not until the last two years that the fluency finally returned to perfection.
OPPO, another mobile phone brand, has a similar course. Perhaps many people think that the launch of ColorOS 6 at the end of 2018 will bring greater changes in visual style. I agree with this point. When ColorOS 6 was launched, the new visual style suddenly let OPPO's system get rid of the hat of iOS bot imitators, and became its own sufficiently recognizable product. Audit Director Chen Xi also said that ColorOS 6 is A generation that inherits the past.
But if Color OS only stays in the visual style that is relatively fresh or special, Flyme and Smartisan OS can also do it. If ColorOS 6 is an entry point, ColorOS 7 has a taste of "understanding", but in terms of presentation, there are still some visuals. And the function is in a semi-finished state. In ColorOS 11, it has been cultivated to a great degree. What is lacking is improved memory efficiency, 120Hz stability and other underlying optimizations.
After ColorOS 11 this year, I think this system has stood at the same height as MIUI 12 (and better-looking), and is currently the absolute first echelon of domestic production.
Among the top four domestically produced "OV Huami", the systems of Xiaomi and OPPO have entered a new level, and Huawei has stepped forward.
Why is it that Huawei has only stepped forward by one foot? In fact, Huawei has adopted an unbalanced development, focusing on dynamic performance while despising the modernization of interface design. When using a Huawei mobile phone, you can feel the smooth and delicate dynamic performance, but you have to endure the rough and backward interface design.
As for vivo, the current Funtouch OS is still bouncing in place. However, the new system Origin OS is already warming up. According to many inquiries, the new system is operated by designers with real aesthetic ability, and some people who have seen it have already patted their chests to indicate that this new system is excellent as a whole and is expected to become The domestic first echelon.
When the system shifts from simple functions to thinking about aesthetics and design language, the last piece of the puzzle of domestic high-end mobile phones is filled.
Aesthetics is a powerful piece of high-end puzzle
What is the difference between the nouveau riche, demolished households and the real upper-class rich is temperament. Where does the temperament come from? It comes from the accumulated knowledge and pursuit.
Chinese companies that are good at learning have made progress in hardware manufacturing faster than software. We have been able to create hardware with exquisite industrial design two or three years ago, but the aesthetic evolution in the system has only begun last year. Fortunately, the brand We have realized the importance of aesthetics, admitted that we were "earth" in the past, and worked hard to transform themselves at high speed.
Why is the evolution of aesthetics important? This actually represents a brand that tears off its original label and moves towards a higher level.
From the perspective of Xiaomi, the biggest change of Xiaomi this year is the launch of the Xiaomi Mi 10 series, which officially enters the high-end. Xiaomi has a very powerful supply chain control ability, can make a very good level of hardware, but also can make a cost-effective magic machine.
However, in the past, Xiaomi was constrained by various labels. The hardware ties hands and feet and dare not to be truly high-end. In terms of software, the visual style has become backward after the introduction of Google’s Material Deisign language, relying on localization and Rich functionality wins.
Xiaomi dares to hit the high-end this year, and it is not just about hardware manufacturing, MIUI 12 is also indispensable. When the Mi 10 Extreme Commemorative Edition appeared with a shiny silver body and a completely new system, it was a transition from 85 points of "excellent" to 95 points of "top".
The "high-end temperament" of the system is more obvious in OPPO. In fact, I think the Find X2 series is the perfect crystallization of OPPO's brand upgrade and transformation in the past two years. Although there are shortcomings in functionality, such as insufficient battery capacity, no wireless charging, etc., but the temperament is enough to highlight the high-end.
Imagine if Find X2 Pro is running the ColorOS 5 era system, even if it is functionally successful, it still looks like a "factory girl" temperament. It's a bit like a "static goddess" on the Internet. You can only look at photos, and you lose your temperament when you move.
The typical negative case is vivo. The aesthetics of the Funtouch OS system is still in the ColorOS 5 era. If there was no ColorOS 6 turned out at that time, it is now half a catastrophe with Funtouch OS.
If you think that the "NEX series" that should have become the "Find series" of vivo is always a breath away, then the bad temperament of Funtouch OS has to be more than half of the pot, and it is not a black pot.
This also leads to the fact that vivo has not spared any effort to build a "super flagship". The industrial design level of the vivo X50 Pro+ released this year is already quite high, but vivo still has a handful of dual speakers and an X-axis linear motor, plus the system temperament For the shortcomings, not competing for the super flagship for the time being is also a strategy.
This shortcoming may be filled under the new Origin OS and new hardware. I believe that next year’s products will be more interesting.
Although this is a talk-like article, full of subjective taste, and there is nothing to prove, but it did affect my consumption behavior this year.
When the OPPO Find X2 Pro Bamboo Green Edition was launched at the end of May, this is the phone that I think has done the best in terms of overall functionality and aesthetics this year. Even if many people complain about battery life and no wireless charging, I still think this is I want to buy a mobile phone at my own expense.
Buying OPPO’s flagship mobile phone was unimaginable for me in the past. I would buy BlackBerry Passport and Palm Pre because of the "uniqueness". But if I buy a flagship mobile phone, after using many international brand flagship mobile phones, this standard It will be very high.
Obviously, this year's domestic brands did not disappoint me.
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