All three Oppo Reno2, Reno2 F, and Reno2 Z devices came with Android 9.0 Pie on the top of ColorOS 6 preloaded in 2019. These three models are one of the mid-budget category smartphones from Oppo that offers pretty good hardware specifications along with best in class cameras. It’s worth mentioning that all three models have already received the official ColorOS 7 update based on Android 10. As the Android 11 is all set to release in a couple of months, the Oppo Reno2, Reno2 F, and Reno2 Z users are eagerly waiting for the Android 11 update. Are you also one of them? Let’s take a look at the status tracker.
As mentioned, Oppo will gonna release ColorOS 8 based on Android 11 by Q4 2020 or later for its plenty of eligible devices. Google has already released the Android 11 Public Beta version in June 2020 and recently the 2nd beta build also arrived for the Google Pixel devices. Additionally, all the interested users can also flash the official Android 11 GSI build on Project Treble Android devices (Android 8.0 or above).
If you want to know whether your Oppo Reno2, Reno2 F, Reno2 Z model is gonna receive the ColorOS 8 update or not, then this article is for you. Now, if you don’t want to wait further for the official stock Android 11 (ColorOS 8) firmware update on your device, then you can install the above GSI build in order to get an early taste of Android R UI & native features. Now, without further ado, let’s get into it.
What’s on Android 11?
The next version of Google’s Android software, Android 11, is going to be released in Q4 2020 that’s September. Given pandemic related concerns, Google eschewed the splash unveiling at a developer event and easily released a public beta on Wednesday, June 10.
Android R Features:
- You can now prioritize your conversations together with your most vital contacts within the new “conversations” section at the highest of your notification shade with a people-forward design and conversation specific actions, like opening the conversation as a bubble.
- Bubbles, it helps users to stay conversations insight and accessible while multitasking. Messaging and chat apps should use the Bubbles API on notifications to enable this in Android 11.
- More improved and modified Voice Controls, for people that control their phone entirely by voice, now includes an on-device visual area that understands screen content and context.
- One-time permission lets users give an app access to the device microphone, camera, or location, just that just one occasion.
- Customizable DND mode enables you to settle on which apps or people can still notify you once you turn the mode on.
- The new Auto-Reset feature that will supposedly remove app permissions that are not infrequent use.
- Google Play System Updates, launched last year, lets us expedite updates of core OS components to devices within the Android ecosystem. In Android 11, we quite doubled the amount of updatable modules, and people 12 new modules will help improve privacy, security, and consistency for users and developers.
What’s in ColorOS 8?
As the name suggests, ColorOS 8 is the successor version of the ColorOS 7 that can be released in November 2020 most probably. It will be based on Android 11 goodies along with some design changes that will gonna change the look and feel of the new custom skin.
The upcoming ColorOS 8 version will run on all the upcoming and eligible Oppo devices respectively. The all-new skin version will have plenty of improvements and features that we’ve mentioned below in brief.
ColorOS 8 Expected Features
It’s pretty straight-forward that the ColorOS 8 will be based on Android 11 (R) features. So, the native Android 11 features will be there expectedly with some improvements or additional features.
- Improved Dark Mode: System-wide Dark Mode is one of the most highlighted features for the users on Android 10 and the ColorOS 8 (Android 11) will also gonna include an improved system-wide dark mode that simply runs on the whole system, apps, etc. Additionally, users will get an option to schedule the dark mode timing on a day/night basis and automatically basis as well.
- Improved Battery Backup: The upcoming ColorOS 8 much more improved battery life than the existing ColorOS 7 version.
- Double-tap Gesture: The double-tap gesture feature of Android 11 will also arrive on ColorOS 8. In this case, double-tapping on the backside of the phone will turn on the Google Assistant, camera, and other applications.
- One-time App Permission: With the ColorOS 8 version, users can easily grant one-time app permission and it will ask for permission every time whenever it requires system user access.
- Go Back Gesture: The go back gesture has been improvised after releasing the enhanced swipe gestures navigation. But with ColorOS 8, we can expect to see the sensitivity sliders that will control the go back gesture. There will be two sliders for both left and right sides.
- New Screenshot Pop-up: With the Android 11, users can now see a much smaller and compact screenshot pop-up preview or notification after capturing it. Previously the screenshot preview was quite bigger in size and takes a lot of area of the display. Meanwhile, users can simply edit, share, delete that screenshot from the pop-up preview. Therefore, this cool new feature should gonna be added to ColorOS 8.
- Notification History: By default, Android 11 will gonna let you check all the notification history very easily and users can also add a shortcut to the notification toggle in order to check it. This particular feature is expected to come in ColorOS 8.
- Improved Lock Screen: This feature will basically come in handy for the kids who use smartphones a lot. With the improved lock screen option just like the Parental Control or Digital Wellbeing app, users can set the specific time or parameters in order to double-lock the screen so their children can’t access smartphones when the usage limit crossed.
- Pin Apps to Share Menu: With the help of Android 11, users can now pin useful apps to the sharing menu which will gonna easier for the users to quickly send to contacts or apps while multitasking or heavy usage. However, users can only set up to four apps to the sharing menu as of now.
- Ethernet Tethering: Android 11 also brings the ethernet tethering feature that can be used as a hotspot. This feature will allow people to connect a USB-to-Ethernet adapter to their Android devices in order to connect the LAN cable to the adapter. Then users can simply use their PC internet from smartphones.
- Clear Persistent Notifications: Google has included the option to clear persistent notifications on Android 11. Therefore, all the background running notifications can be removed easily that wasn’t possible previously.
Oppo Reno2, Reno2 F, and Reno2 Z Android 11 Update Status Tracker
According to Chinese OEM Oppo, all the Oppo handsets are capable of getting at least two major Android OS updates. So, all three Oppo Reno2, Reno2 F, Reno2 Z models came with Android 9 Pie and received only one Android OS update that’s Android 10 this year. That means the mentioned devices will get one more Android OS update e,g Android 11 once Google releases the official stable version in September 2020.
Note that all the smartphone OEMs may not gonna be capable to push the quicker Android OS update to its eligible devices and Oppo is one of them. Therefore, it may take a couple of months or so in order to cook the custom skin for its devices based on the latest Android OS. Although there is no official confirmation available yet from the company.
That means we may need to wait until Google released the Android 11 stable version officially. Then most of the OEMs including Oppo would come with their Android 11 update roadmap for the respective devices in batches. We will keep updating this article with more updates and reports whenever available. You can always bookmark this page on your browser for quicker access. Till then stay tuned.