Oppo Find 7, Find 7a updated to Android 4.4 KitKat-based ColorOS 2.0

The Oppo Find 7 and its cheaper brother, the Find 7a have been waiting to get updated for quite some time now and the company has finally decided to rollout an update package. The Oppo Find 7 and Find 7a will now be updated to ColorOS 2.0, which is based on Android 4.4 KitKat. ColorOS has been praised by its users for being simple and easy to use, and an update will be well received by most. The update should bring a heap of new features as well as user enhancements to Oppo Find 7 and Find 7a users.

Even though Google has just announced the new Android 5.0 Lollipop mobile OS, the update comes a little late, since most Oppo Find 7 and 7a users would have expected an update to Lollipop. We don’t know whether the Oppo Find 7 and Find 7a will be getting Android 5.0 Lollipop or not, so the ColorOS 2.0 update will certainly be a step up. Oppo decided not to go with an OTA this time, so you will have to download the update package yourself and move it to the root directory of your Oppo Find 7 or Find 7a. After moving it, you are going to have to update while in recovery mode. The update package is 1 GB large, so you might want to ensure good Wi-Fi connection and a fully charged battery before updating. You should also create a backup of your files, just in case.

ColorOS 2.0 (beta screenshots) coming to Oppo Find 7 and Find 7a

Oppo declared that the ColorOS 2.0 update is not yet intended for mass consumption, but they will be issuing an OTA in the following months. ColorOS 2.0 brings a re-designed user interface to your Oppo Find 7 and Find 7a, with a more minimalistic touch to it. Animations have been implemented almost everywhere in ColorOS 2.0. Oppo has also included new gesture commands, as well as a Super Power Saving mode, Live Weather 2.0, new Task Manager and Google Now integration. ColorOS 2.0 implements a single-layer launcher, so you won’t have an App tray to work with after you update your Oppo handset. Since ColorOS 2.0 is not for mass consumption yet, Oppo is asking Oppo Find 7 and Find 7 owners to check out the new update and give some feedback on how they like it, so that the company can improve it by the time the OTA rolls out. Here’s the full change log for ColorOS 2.0, if you’re interested, as per Oppo:

Refined UI Design – The ColorOS 2.0 has inherited the UI design of ColorOS 1.0, by removing redundant elements from the 1.x icons the new design are more minimalistic and easier to recognize.

Global Gaussian Blur Effect – System wide Gaussian blur effect makes the whole system looks more beautiful and consistent in different interfaces, such as the notification center, folders, music now playing interface etc.

System Wide Animation – The ColorOS 2.0 is more energetic, with system wide transition animation the whole system comes alive, each operation seems so natural and fluid.

Live Weather 2.0 – Added a new weather effect “Haze”, given sound effects for some effects and you may found more surprises when using the live weather 2.0.

Global Gesture Panel 2.0 – The new gesture panel is now activated by slide up from the bottom of the screen. Each gesture you’ve used can be recorded and shown on top as a reminder.

Redesigned Task Manager – The new task manager design shows every task running in background as a card you can simply slide it up to close it or slide it down to lock it or tap the end all button to close them all (locked apps will not be closed).

Easy Crop for Screenshots – After you’ve taken a screenshot you can pull down the notification center to crop, share or delete it.

Single Layer Launcher – The changing from dual layer to single layer launcher is not simple a win/lose situation, both design has it’s own advantage and disadvantage. ColorOS decided to go with single layer design is just another step towards the purse of simplicity and perfection.

Super Power Saving – By reducing animation, underclocking the CPU or shutdown all applications except for calls and messages your phone can be under deep power saving mode so as increase the battery life as much as possible.

Memory Cleaner – Added “Memory Cleaner” in security center, which enables you to control and release memory more easily.

Other Detailed Improvements

  • Redesigned the guide interface, now it’s able to auto select the language according to your SIM card
  • Changed the default lockscreen to “Slide upward to unlock”, added Call & Messages shortcut in the default lockscreen
  • Added the double tap to blurry the wallpaper in Settings ->Gesture & Motion -> Screen-on Gestures
  • Added the feature to show network speed in status bar, Settings -> Display -> Show network speed
  • Added resolution settings for ultra-HD photos, you can now choose between 50MP and 24MP
  • Added continuous play settings in video player, when you disabled it the player will not continue to play the next video in your phone
  • Added USB debug options in notification center, when your phone is connected with your computer
  • Added the ability to manually adjust the screen brightness when auto-brightness is enabled
  • Added file safe in the “Files” app, files added into file safe will not be shown publicly
  • Added the ability to sort contact list by Given name/Family name
  • Added a quick to top button in Files, Email and Message list interface
  • Optimized the cleanup feature in “Files”, added the function to delete large files and duplicated app installation package.
  • Redesigned the calendar interface, which is now more elegant
  • Removed the “Notes” app and replaced it with Google keep as the default note app
  • Optimized the “Backup & restore” app improve the back/restore speed and added the ability to backup homescreen layout, so that your apps & folders will all be backed up
  • Integrated all security related tools into “Security Center”, such as App Encryption, Data Saving etc.
  • Updated the pre-installed Kingsoft Office app