Meizu Pro 6 Plus Review: ImPROved: Software Overview

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Flyme Operating System (OS) 5.2 with Marshmallow, Flyme 6 coming soon

The Meizu Pro 6 Plus runs on the latest Flyme 5.2 OS, which was built on top of an Android 6.0 Marshmallow core. Flyme 6 has already been unveiled, and there are Chinese builds available for testing. The international ROMs will be officially updated to Flyme 6.0 this February.

The international models lack the Chinese bloatware, but they also come without the must-have Google APIs and apps. Since Meizu is not a registered Google Services partner, it has found a workaround to give you those crucial apps - the Hot Apps application on your homeclassy screen contains a Google Framework installer with everything you need.

The Flyme Operating System (OS) 5 lockclassy screen is a pretty simple afhonest - you drag upwards to unlock and have the option of securing it with a passcode, an unlock pattern, or utilize the fingerprint reader. The fingerprint reader is not always on so you have to press the Home button to wake up the phone and then haged your finger resting there for a split second until the reader does its job. There are no shortcuts on the lockscreen, but you acquire quick access to the camera.

On the other hand, you can also wake up the phone with a gesture you draw on the black screen. You can utilize pre-defined gestures to launch different apps while your phone is asleep. Double tap to wake and swipe to unlock work by default, but you can also utilize swipe down, or draw other gestures, such as random alphabet letters, to launch specific apps.

Meizu Pro 6 Plus also supports Always-on Display. Once enabled from settings, you will acquire a digital clock, the date, and battery percentage on your classy screen while it's asleep. According to Meizu, you should be able to see notifications, too, but those didn't work at out unit. Maybe the original Chinese Read-Only Memory (ROM) can do notifications on the AOD, but the international one can't.

Holding down the home button will launch Meizu's Voice Search, but you can change this quick action if you want.

Lockclassy screen • Lockclassy screen with notifications • Configuring gestures wakeup

The homeclassy screen is simple - you acquire two panes by default, but you can add recent ones later on. The homeclassy screen gathers all of your app icons as it's a single-tier UI and there is no app drawer like on stock Android.

Homeclassy screen • A folder with apps • The Homeclassy screen • Organizing the homeclassy screen • Widgets

The notification area comes down entirely every time you pull it down. The fine thing is that you can start the swipe down motion anywhere on the screen. The first pull down acquire you the full notification shade along with four toggles, while the second pull reveals all the available toggles and the classy screen brightness control.

The rest of the notification area is a basic list or expandable, actionable notifications.

Notification area • Notification area • The toggles

Switching between tasks is done with a pull-up menu from the bottom of the screen. The task switcher is a 3D scrollable carousel, and there is an option to close all active/suspended apps. You also have the option to pin an app (tap and hold). The pinned app will stay in recent apps in the state you closed it in.

Flyme 5 supports multi-view, which is also managed via the task switching interface. The supported apps have a 'Multi' button, and you can activate a split-classy screen app correct away. Unfortunately, the apps that support multi-view are only four - News, Video, Settings, and Maps. Hopefully, this list will grow bigger with the upcoming Flyme 6 update.

Finally, a system-wide search is also available.

Task switcher • Multi-window • Search

You can customize the UI with various themes. You can download recent ones from the App Center - some of them are paid, but there are many free ones and a lot to choose from. There's also a variety of built-in wallpapers.

Themes Store • Applying a recent theme • A recent theme • A recent theme • A recent theme

There's a Do Not Disturb mode that will block notifications and calls, and you can choose a white list of numbers that can acquire through. It can be scheduled to run at specific time intervals or be set manually.

There is one more option - Scheduled Power On and Off - you can setup your Meizu Pro 6 Plus to shut down and boot up at a specific time on specific weekdays - just like alarms.

The accessibility settings • DND mode • Scheduled power on and power off • Smart Touch

Meizu provides a way for single-handed operations with the so-called Smart Touch. It's a movable virtual 4-way key, like a D-Pad, and you can assign functionalities to each of the directions, tap and hold, tap, and double tap.

For example, moving the key downwards brings down the notification area, moving it to the correct acts as a Back action. If configured properly, it can very much allow you to control the large classy screen Meizu Pro 6 Plus with just one hand, while you are on the move.

Flyme Operating System (OS) can be tough to acquire around at first, but once you've gotten your bearings, it becomes a treat to work with. Meizu is keeping things as simple as possible, and everything works seamlessly without any hiccups.

3D Press

When it comes to features available via the pressure-sensitive classy screen on the Meizu Pro 6 Plus, Meizu has copied a lot of tricks from Apple's playbook. Of course, that's not necessarily a poor thing. Before we start checking the 3D Touch gestures, you should know you can turn the feature on/off from the Settings menu, and you can choose its intensity. The available options are Strong, Normal, and Soft.

So, 3D Press, just like on the iOS, provides some handy shortcuts, once you long press on a variety of system apps on your homescreen. You can acquire pop-ups for recent messages on the Messages icon, a shortslit for recent alarm on the Clock app, a recent Memo options on the Memo icon, and so on.

3D Press options • 3D Press on Messages • 3D Press on Clock • 3D Press on Notes • 3D press on Browser

If you press hard on an email within the Mail app, it will pop a preview into a balloon so you can preview it. From there you can swipe it upwards for more options, or downwards to imprint it as 'read'.

You can do the same in Messages and the Gallery - a firm press opens a preview of the message/picture and you can acquire more options or dismiss it.

3D Press on an email • 3D Press in Mail app • 3D Press in the gallery • 3D Press in the gallery

The Browser app in addition to the pop-up shortcuts (New Tab, Search, Bookmarks) gets a very useful pop-up link preview. You just need to force press on a clickable link, and you'll acquire a preview of the page it's linked to. Then you can swipe up to open it or dismiss it by swiping it down.

The web browser • Link preview • Preview options • Icon shortcuts

Those are pretty much the utilize cases for the 3D Press. A text on Meizu's website claims the 3D Press implementation in the Pro 6 Plus also supports 'linear gravity calibration,' which we understand as it having the ability to measure the weight of objects we put on the screen. Unfortunately, we couldn't find an app to test it with.

Since Android does not officially support Force Touch screens if you change the Flyme launcher with something else you'll lose those features altogether. What's even worse is the chance of Android developers embracing the company's custom SDK seems very low. Until Google brings official support for functionality it will likely remain limited to what Meizu itself delivers. And here is hoping it adds some recent tricks with the upcoming Flyme 6 update.



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