Oppo finally updates Find 7 and Find 7a to ColorOS 2.0, based on Android 4.4 KitKat

Oppo finally updates Find 7 and Find 7a to ColorOS 2.0, based on Android 4.4 KitKat
Owners of the Oppo Find 7 and Find 7a are finally able to grab an update to ColorOS which is based on Android 4.4 KitKat.

While some might ponder the timeliness of this update, made available just as Google is getting ready to roll out Android 5.0 Lollipop, the Oppo community has been waiting for this update for a while, and it is packing a lot of feature and user enhancements.

Before we list all the updates, you should know that Oppo does not plan to provision this update via OTA (over the air), so you will need to download the update package and move it to the root directory of the phone, then update while in recovery mode. We shared the instructional video on how to do that below in case you do not have the greatest comfort level with such activities.  On one of our Find 7 devices, the update (including downloading and transferring the near 1GB update package to the device) took less time than most other major system updates we have experienced on other platforms.

This build of ColorOS 2.0.0i firmware is stable, but Oppo is not pushing it out for mass consumption. An OTA “should” be available in the next month or two, unfortunately, Oppo, like its invite-only cousin OnePlus, has some idiosyncrasies about it, so that means an OTA package may be a bit later than stated in the company’s highly active forums.

So what has Oppo been feverishly been working on these past months to update its attractive take on Android? Quite a lot actually. The user interface has been refined a bit, and made a little more minimalistic. Animation effects have been implemented system-wide, there is a new “Live Weather 2.0” feature, and a new Task Manager. A whole host of gesture commands have been implemented, and there is a new “Super Power Saving” mode. As ColorOS 2.0 is based on Android 4.4 KitKat, Google Now can be accessed from just about anywhere.

The most obvious change to ColorOS 2.0 is the implementation of a single-layer launcher. This follows the set-up commonly seen on Huawei devices, there is no App Tray. Rather, all your apps are managed on the home screens, which Oppo admits, was not an easy decision to make, but felt it was a step toward making ColorOS as smooth and simple as possible.

All the changes are outlined below, as well as a video overview of ColorOS 2.0.0i, and an instructional video to update your Find 7 or Find 7a.  Oppo is eager to learn what you think about the update, and is an active participant in the online forums.  Be sure to tell us what you think about the update too.




source: Oppo

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12 Comments

1. Busyboy unregistered

Big update, but definitely took too long.

2. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

And this is why I don't buy Chinese phones...

4. Micah007

Posts: 266; Member since: Oct 09, 2014

I'm betting the phone you have now, was made in China. Just Saiyan :)

5. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I meant Chinese as in from a Chinese company. Currently an owner of the Moto X 2013, which is made in the USA...

6. Micah007

Posts: 266; Member since: Oct 09, 2014

I see, keep rocking that Moto X.

10. desijatt

Posts: 58; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

I think Lenovo owns motorola and Lenovo is a Chinese company

11. g2a5b0e unregistered

His point still stands. That acquisition did not occur until after the Moto X (2013) was released.

3. hafini_27

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Looks nice and ios like.

7. Furbal unregistered

Hmm wonder if one plus it's going to follow suit

8. dcwt2010

Posts: 74; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

So no app drawer... iOS copy much? I think they should forget this separate OS and transfer their phones to stock Android. Honestly, Google spend millions to create and update their OS and it doesn't need to be butchered by another developer for their phones.

9. sriuslywtf

Posts: 297; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

Well, everyone is entitled to his own opinion. And IMHO, every OEM's wanted to be different from each other. its not butchering, its just simple alternative.

12. montgomery

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 05, 2014

app trays are useful, frustrated that up to now the kita version for 7a is not yet available considering Google have released the lollipop version..and the downloaded version is not good!

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