Oppo has unveiled its first beta version of the near stock Android ROM for the Find 7 and the Find 7a, which will be based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. The project has been codenamed “Project Spectrum” and the ROM will be devoid of Oppo’s ColorOS, thus resembling a Vanilla/Stock Android, just like the Nexus. Oppo has however included some features in the initial version of the ROM which will be added to the stock OS.
The ROM will support screen gestures which will include a “tap to wake” and draw a circle to “open the camera.” These features will be turned off by default and in order to use it one needs to toggle to the Settings>Accessibility>Screen-off gestures. Color OS Camera will support certain camera plugins including Beautify, Filters, HDR, GIF, Double exposure and Expert Mode, the caveat however remains that you can delete a photo only by opening the Google photos app.
The company’s MaxxAudio will also be supported and turned on by default. Apart from the aforementioned features, the ROM will be more or less stock. There has been an ongoing debate on how stock Android phones rate higher on the superiority scale. This however comes to me as more of a myth as just like everything else the stock ROMs do have their fair share of pros and cons which has been beautifully explained here. The trick would be to do the balancing act, make sure the third party features don’t ruin user experience and at the same time retain the quintessential features.
Oppo seems to be following the footsteps of Motorola with project Spectrum, but doesn’t detail much about how fast the Android updates will come for this new ROM. Considering Motorola takes pride in the fact that it updates its phones pretty fast, we were hoping Oppo to announce something similar. Ironically, they have started off with Android Lollipop which is already an year old.
Oppo will not just stop at the Find 7 and the Find 7a as it also plans to push a similar update for R5 and the R5s. The Android Marshmallow update for the Oppo R7 seems to be incoming for early 2016. If you want to try the ROM on your Oppo phones, head over to this link and download the file. The project demo video embedded below will walk you through the new ROM from Oppo.