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Software - Android 8.1.0 Oreo with ColorOS 5.2

After a few years, ColorOS has gone through a lot of iterations of improvements. Now, the OPPO R17 Pro comes with the latest ColorOS 5.2 which still runs on Android 8.1.0 Oreo. Most smartphones released in this time range already has an update schedule published for the Android 9.0 Pie update. Not for OPPO, unfortunately.

OPPO R17 Pro

ColorOS 5.2 comes with a few bloatware – namely Opera browser, iReader, Lazada, and also WPS Office. In terms of bloatware, OPPO’s ColorOS 5.2 on the OPPO R17 Pro is surprisingly clean.

Focusing on the app called Game Space, it functions as a helper to block notifications, enable “performance mode” and also to lock brightness. These are all very helpful tweaks for games like PUBG Mobile but fails to block Facebook Messenger chat heads. Samsung’s Game Tools utility does the same things and blocks every notification – including chat heads.

There’s also something called “quick tools” whereby you can bring it up by swiping the little piece of semitransparent card at the edge of the screen, just like Samsung’s Edge Panel on the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series. This menu is customizable in terms of positioning.

However, it felt like the this utility is poorly implemented. Tapping on “screenshot” will take a screenshot immediately as opposed to letting you select which part of the screen to take the screenshot.

OPPO R17 Pro power button feature

Another feature is by holding the power button for 0.5 seconds to bring up Google Assistant. I question the existence of this feature as there is nothing wrong by holding the on-screen home button to bring up Google Assistant.

The overall look and feel of ColorOS 5.2 still feels like a custom icon pack with a flat home screen baked into the system itself. It does not offer much useful value in terms of extra features or utilities compared to its competitors.


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