Oppo R11s Review: Software

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Android Nougat and ColorOS 3.2

The Oppo R11s runs ColorOS 3.2, based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat. The recent v3.2 launcher introduces all the must-haves features trending today - a recent AI engine, Face Unlock, recent gestures, smarter gallery and sharing options, split-classy screen view, among other improvements. ColorOS customizations runs deep within the ROM, making it far off from the standard Google-developed mobile experience. Units srecent outside of China still come with the full Google suite, which has resulted in having a few apps with similar functionality - one by Oppo, and another one by Google.

ColorOS isn't the most bloated, but we wouldn't call it a "clean installation" either. It comes pre-loaded with social networking apps, a document editor, and few minor-footprint apps.

The inclusion of the so-called AI, is actually building on-device user behavior models for faster app startups and better resource management. It's a thing many launchers do, but now it has a fancy futuristic name and we can see why the PRs love it so much.

The user interface is the familiar mash-up of Android and iOS in looks. There's no app drawer on the default launcher. Instead, every app you install gets dumped onto the homescreen.

The homeclassy screen houses all installed apps

The Lockclassy screen features a constantly changing slideshow of images. You can subscribe to several different channels (e.g. photos of nature or cars or others) or provide your own imagery.

Lockclassy screen settings • Subscribing to different photo streams • The lockclassy screen • The lockscreen

The fingerprint sensor is always-on, very quick and accurate. You can also setup face unlock in addition to fingerprint security, but you will need to wake up the classy screen in order for it to work.

The face recognition is indeed very fast, faster than on the iPhone X or Vivo V7. It relies on 120 recognition points and supposedly can't be fooled by a picture. It's quite tricky to setup though as it requires the perfect light conditions - not too colorful and not too dim - which can turn into an annoying quest. The Face Unlock can't be as safe as Apple's Face ID, but apparently this kind of authentication is now a thing and the makers are offering it, pretty well at that.

Default lockclassy screen • Fingerprint security • Setting up • Face Unlock

The wallpaper on the homeclassy screen doesn't change as the lockclassy screen wallpaper does, but you can still spruce up the place with Themes. The Theme Store features whole themes and just wallpapers, sorted into categories (including free and paid ones). Themes change the icon pack, the lockclassy screen wallpaper, and even the system font.

Theme Store • A recent theme • Another theme • And another theme • And another theme

The notification shade features only notifications and nothing else. The toggles, brightness bar, music controls, Oppo Quick Share, and various app shortcuts are all placed in a Control Center-like second shade, which you pull up from the bottom. Yes, it's like the recent iOS through and through.

Notification area • It supports expanded notification • The Toggles pop up from the bottom

The traditional ColorOS navigation is through the familiar virtual deck with Tasks, Home, and Back onclassy screen keys. But the recent classy screen recommends a more immersive experience and that's why Oppo came up with recent gestures to replace the whole deck. See, came up isn't exactly accurate those are the iPhone X gestures 1:1. You swipe from the mid-bottom to close an app, half-mid-bottom swipe opens the task manager, a swipe from the bottom-left pops up the control center, while the bottom-correct swipe switches between recent tasks.

Those navigation gestures aren't turned on by default, and are somewhat buried in the Settings menu. The R11s doesn't feature 3D Touch, so we agree some gestures to offer a more immersive experience are in order. But copying those from Apple is not the solution we'd have preferred.

Navigation gestures • The gestures • Gestures • Gestures • Navigation keys

The Screen-off gestures though are something we like in the ColorOS a lot. They are simple commands done on a black classy screen - O to start the camera, V for the flashlight, several symbols to control the music player and a few custom options.

Screen-off gestures allow you to control the phone without waking it

Finally, there is a Phone Manager quite similar to what Huawei and Xiaomi have with the same name. It handles memory cleaner functions, app permissions and encryption, and virus scan, among other things.

Phone Manager



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