Oppo develops a nearly stock AOSP ROM in order to attract users that like vanilla Android

Oppo develops a nearly stock AOSP ROM in order to attract users that like vanilla Android
Oppo, one of the fairly popular China-based OEMs, is selling many of its phones in the USA and across select markets across the globe. The devices in question are running the Android-based ColorOS, which is Oppo's in-house developed interface skin. Oppo says that its Eastern Asian users have a high opinion of ColorOS, yet the same can't be said about the rest of the markets worldwide. 

In the company's own words, "customers outside of Asia typically have a strong preference towards an operating system that is closer to stock Android," which is the main reason for the existence of Project Spectrum. The latter is nothing else but a stock AOSP ROM with just a small pinch of Oppo's own apps on board, which can potentially make the manufacturer's products a tad more appealing to many users.

Apart from the vanilla features and stock Google apps, Project Spectrum also comes with Oppo's own camera app, the MaxxAudio audio enhancement suite, and a couple of screen-off gestures. There are no other third-party apps on board, ensuring for a rather vanilla Android experience. Oppo also says that this is the bottom line in terms of added features and users should expect any other changes in the interface section. 

Combining the best of both worlds, but putting heavy emphasis on the vanilla Android experience, Project Spectrum offers "speed, clean design, fast updates between Android versions and an adherence to the newest developments of Google's Android". Sounds like a win-win scenario to us!

Currently, Project Spectrum is based on Android 5.1.1 and is available for the Oppo Find 7. It's still in beta, though, so issues and bugs are quite likely to be encountered. Additionally, Oppo says it will update Project Spectrum to Android Marshmallow and will bring it to the Oppo R5 & R7 series of devices in early 2016.


source: Oppo (1), (2) via The Verge

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16 Comments

1. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Great News for them and for us! They make seriously awesome hardware

2. combatmedic870

Posts: 984; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Well. We will see.

3. seblak

Posts: 14; Member since: Oct 07, 2015

More Chinese OEM's should do this.I honestly hate ROMs like MIUI etc

4. Arthurhkt

Posts: 723; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

While going to stock ROM is good for consumer, but I think that this action had lost the meaning of Android. The best thing about Android is about customization, not only the part that allow user to customize, but also the part that it allow manufacturer to differentiate them self from other competitor. By going for pure stock ROM, it seem like we are using Windows Phone with different brand, unless they do a little tweak where we could download their UI from Play Store, or else it has lost the meaning of Android.

8. jove39

Posts: 2146; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I think completely opposite. By sticking with stock android...OEM don't destroy meaning of android. You can still customize stock android as much as you want.

16. Arthurhkt

Posts: 723; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

'By sticking with stock android...OEM don't destroy meaning of android." While this statement are true to consumer, but OEM view it as opposite. Reason, OEM always wanted to differentiate them self from other OEM. Android had exactly give them this power to do so, it allow OEM to buid their own custom ROM/OS to differentiate from the rest but also able to access to million of apps.

12. T-Dizzle

Posts: 155; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

They'll still offer ColorOS but will offer an alternative to those who want a more stock experience.

15. Arthurhkt

Posts: 723; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

They do? Well hope they still develop it, cause few day ago I some article state that they will no longer develop ColorOS and will shift their focus on AOSP ROM.

5. Zylam

Posts: 1816; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Awesome I can buy an Oppo now. Seriously man why can't all Oems provide a simple ASOP build of the latest Android for their phones, at least do it for the flagships. The day Xperia's start coming with stock Android, I'm going to ditch the Nexus realm. Wasn't Sony testing a new concept UI for its phones which was pretty much stock Android? What happened to that?

6. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Same here. Color OS was nice and all, but this project really did set the bar high to b invite new consumer.

7. jove39

Posts: 2146; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Good, I may buy oppo in future.

9. Dr.SamX

Posts: 240; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

If only Huawei would do that! I absolutely love their phones, but I also prefere my Android stock vanilla! ;-)

10. jove39

Posts: 2146; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I'd want meizu to follow same approach...I like their mx pro devices...their audio quality is best among phones.

11. FrankUnderwood2

Posts: 243; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

These Chinese OEMs are going to eat up Samsung before they even get their s**t together...

13. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

Yep, flashed on my Find 7a. Not dissappointed.

14. Furbal unregistered

Everyone needs to do this.

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