ColorOS 12 update: release date in India, how to apply, supported device list, top features, and more

The launch of Android 12 brings in a host of new and improved features that are expected of a generation change in software. Most manufacturers are currently working towards updating their own custom skins for Android 12. To transfer all those improvements OPPO has worked on its own skin, the ColorOS 12. The ColorOS 12 was launched on October 11th and the OTA will gradually reach more and more supported phones. The ColorOS comes after the source was added onto the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) and about a month post-China launch of the ColorOS. ColorOS 12 brings to the table a new design language, new Sidebar tools, improved privacy controls amongst others. 

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ColorOS 12 release date

The ColorOS 12 update was officially unveiled in India on October 11th. As per the post-pandemic tradition, the ColorOS 12 launch was conducted via a live stream of the event online on YouTube. This was preceded by the source being added onto the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). The new release brings in a fresh set of refurbishments to the software and transfers Android 12 derived features and benefits to its users. 

ColorOS 12 top features 

The ColorOS 12 update brings in a new inclusive design language, new Omojis, 3D icons, new Sidebar tools, gesture controls, more privacy-oriented features, improvements in gaming modes and other general improvements. 

New UI 

Image courtesy: XDA Developers

ColorOS 12 sees a good boost when it comes to the design language of the UI. The new UI cleans and tidies up the design making it more uncluttered with a lot more white spaces in between two items. ColorOS 12 supports thirteen Indian languages and also provides UI accurate texts that have been tuned by experts. There also have been big updates to animations and transitions. The icons on the UI have been updated too and there is new light and shadow play happening throughout the UI. Interestingly, one can find OxygenOS derived design cues. 

The new wallpaper based theme inherited from Android 12 has also made its way onto ColorOS 12. 

Screen Translate in the Smart Sidebar 

The Smart Sidebar has been rejuvenated with new tools and now features a three-finger swipe fingerprint option, Screen Translate and Background Stream. The new translate feature comes in handy and like on Google Chrome, translates the to a language of your choice once you have used the tool from the Smart Sidebar. The Background Stream is also an interesting feature that lets you play a video in the background even with the screen being locked. 

Cross-Screen connection 

Cross-Screen connection is a rather unique feature that lets you use your phone using your PC and also share files really quick. You can use this feature to edit and modify files on your OPPO device while using your PC. OPPO claims this feature to work across most Windows 10 devices. 

Privacy features 

Privacy features have seen a boost and have also incorporated Android 12 privacy upgrades. For instance, you will be notified when applications are accessing hardware like a camera or microphone or even location. This is something iOS 14 brought to iPhones last year. 

The ColorOS 12 update takes privacy further by sending out an approximate location of your device rather than the exact location that sounds like a micro scrambler from movies! There is a privacy dashboard that helps you keep track of permissions that you have granted to different apps. Simple yet important things like removing location data from images when sharing goes a long way and ColorOS 12 gets it. There is an anti-peeping notification system as well that hides notification content when the device recognises someone other than the owner looking at it. 

Improved battery optimisation

ColorOS 12

The battery dashboard on ColorOS 12 has seen an overhaul and now features a detailed overview of battery consumption data. New battery optimisation techniques include manual control and battery saving techniques like switching off edge lighting, turning off background activity, preventing notifications from waking up amongst others.

ColorOS 12 supporting devices

ColorOS 12 update based on Android 12 will soon be rolling out with the beta version coming to OPPO Find X3 Pro 5G and first followed by other devices which will get it by November. Here’s OPPO’s rollout schedule listed out for you:

October 11th 2021

  • OPPO Find X3 Pro 5G

November 2021

  • OPPO Find X2 
  • OPPO Find X2 Pro 
  • OPPO Find X2 Pro Automobile Lamborghini Edition
  • OPPO Reno6 Pro 5G 
  • OPPO Reno6 Pro Diwali Edition
  • OPPO Reno6 5G 

December 2021

  • OPPO Reno6
  • OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G
  • OPPO Reno5 Pro
  • OPPO Reno5
  • OPPO Reno5 Marvel Edition
  • OPPO Reno6 Z 5G
  • OPPO F19 Pro+
  • OPPO A74 5G
  • OPPO A73 5G

First half of 2022

  • OPPO Find X3 Lite 5G
  • OPPO Find X3 Neo 5G
  • OPPO Find X2 Neo
  • OPPO Find X2 Lite
  • OPPO Reno1Ox Zoom
  • OPPO Reno5 5G
  • OPPO Reno5 F
  • OPPO Reno5 Lite
  • OPPO Reno5 Z 5G
  • OPPO Reno4 Pro 5G
  • OPPO Reno4 5G
  • OPPO Reno4 F
  • OPPO Reno4 Lite
  • OPPO Reno4 Z 5G
  • OPPO Reno4 Pro
  • OPPO Reno4
  • OPPO Reno4 Mo Salah Edition
  • OPPO Reno3 Pro 5G
  • OPPO Reno3 Pro
  • OPPO Reno3
  • OPPO Reno5 A
  • OPPO F19 Pro
  • OPPO F17 Pro
  • OPPO A94 5G
  • OPPO A94, A93
  • OPPO A54 54
  • OPPO A53s 5G

Second half of 2022

  • OPPO F19
  • OPPO F19s
  • OPPO F17
  • OPPO A74
  • OPPO A73
  • OPPO A53
  • OPPO A53s
  • OPPO A16s

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How to install ColorOS 12 Beta

If you want to get your hands on the latest ColorOS 12 Beta based on Android 12 early on your ColorOS 12 supported device, here’s how:

  • Go to Settings
  • Tap on Software Update  and then on the cogwheel symbol at the top
  • Select Trial version by tapping on it followed by tapping on the beta version
  • Fill in the necessary details and submit 
  • You can now find the ColorOS 12 update in the Software Update section 

ColorOS 12 news

ColorOS 12 stable update rolling out OPPO Reno 5 Pro 5G and Reno 5Z 5G

The stable version of ColorOS 12 update has started rolling out on more OPPO Reno series smartphones. Check out the list given below to learn more about the availability of ColorOS 12 stable update:

  • OPPO Reno 5 Pro 5G – India, China, Thailand
  • OPPO Reno 5 Pro – Pakistan
  • OPPO Reno 5Z 5G – Saudi Arabia, the UAE

ColorOS 12 stable version released for OPPO A73, A74, F19 Pro+, Reno 5Z, and Reno 6Z 5G

OPPO has announced that stable version of ColorOS 12 has rolled out for OPPO A73, A74, F19 Pro+, Reno 5Z, and Reno 6Z 5G in Saudi Arabia and the UAE. The Indian variants of OPPO A74 and F19 Pro+ have also begun receiving the update. The OPPO Reno 6Z 5G update is now available in Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, and the UAE.

ColorOS 12 beta and official versions for OPPO mobile phones in India

The latest version of OPPO’s custom Android skin ColorOS 12 is now out for Find X2, Reno6 Pro 5G, Reno6 Pro 5G Diwali Edition, Reno6 5G and Reno5 Pro 5G smartphones in India. These phones have got the official aka stable version of the update. From January 18th, the ColorOS 12 will also be available on Reno5 Pro 5G and F19 Pro+ smartphones in the country.

This will be followed by the Reno4 Pro, F19 Pro and F17 Pro devices in February and OPPO A53s 5G in March. The ColorOS 12 beta version is already out for the OPPO A74 5G.

OPPO Reno 5 and Reno 6 series updated to ColorOS 12

As promised, OPPO has started providing Android 12-based ColorOS 12 to its mid-range Reno 5 and Reno 6-series smartphones. However, the update is currently available in a few regions

  • OPPO Reno 5 5G — Indonesia
  • OPPO Reno 5 Pro 5G — Saudi Arabia, the UAE
  • OPPO Reno 6 5G —  Indonesia, India, Vietnam
  • OPPO Reno 6 Pro 5G — Indonesia, India, Saudia Arabia, Pakistan

ColorOS 12 rollout plan for China

OPPO has announced China rollout plan for ColorOS 12. The stable version of custom Android skin that runs atop Android 12 will be pushed to OPPO Reno 5 Pro+ and OPPO Reno 5 5G smartphones from January 6th. This will be followed by public beta version of the same skin for OPPO Reno 4 series, OnePlus 8 series, and OnePlus 8T from January 17th onwards. The remaining eligible devices will get the ColorOS 12 update from February 2022.

ColorOS 12 Beta update rollout

The beta update of ColorOS 12 has started rolling out to OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G and OPPO F19 Pro+ smartphones in India. The update, as promised, is based on Android 12. You can check your Software Update settings to download the ColorOS 12 update on your device.

ColorOS 12 update India, global rollout plan for December revealed

Nine OPPO smartphones are scheduled to receive ColorOS 12 in December. The company has announced that the devices will get beta update first, followed by stable release. The OPPO Reno 5 Pro 5G and F19 Pro+ will be updated to the latest OS based on Android 12 from December 10th in India. From December 28th onwards, the beta version of the ColorOS 12 will start rolling out to OPPO A74 5G in India.

ColorOS 12 global launch date revealed; beta registration for OPPO Find X3 Pro starts early

OPPO announces the global launch of their ColorOS 12 skin based on Android 12 to be scheduled in October. The launch of the upcoming software has been scheduled for October 11th at 9 AM GMT (2:30 PM IST). The new feature brings along a design overhaul, privacy improvements as well as general improvements scaled across the UI. 

ColorOS 12 based on Android 12 announced globally: rollout schedule

The ColorOS 12 update based on the Android 12 Global version has been announced and the update will be gradually rolled out in a phase-wise manner with the OPPO Find X3 Pro 5G getting the update first on October 11th. The new software update brings in a host of new features, updated UI, the new Quantum Animation engine and more.