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OPPO launches ColorOS 11

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As Android 11 rolls out worldwide, supporting brands are developing and releasing their own skins in short succession. For example, OnePlus and Huawei have already launched their own takes, OxygenOS 11 and EMUI 11, respectively. Today, OPPO launches ColorOS 11, its own take on the new operating system.

First announced last week, OPPO has finally unveiled their next operating system today. As expected, the update rolls out a barrage of much-needed updates for OPPO users.

Always-On Display

For one, ColorOS 11 is finally introducing an Always-On Display for OPPO smartphones. With Android 11, everyone is debuting the feature in their respective skins. In OPPO’s skin, users can fully customize this display themselves. Users can also control a lot of their device’s themes, wallpapers, icons, and fonts.

Customizable Dark Mode

OPPO is also rolling out a Customizable Dark Mode feature. Instead of the traditional configurations, ColorOS 11 offers three levels of dark mode: enhanced (pitch black), medium (a dark grey), or gentle (a lighter grey).

OPPO Relax 2.0

The new OPPO Relax 2.0 provides a refreshing palette of ambient sounds for relaxation. Besides sounds from nature, the feature also brings ambient atmospheric sounds from the world’s biggest cities such as Tokyo, Reykjavik, and Bangkok. It’s a terrific feature for everyone itching to travel today.

Improved gesture commands

ColorOS 11 also comes with a few additional gesture controls to ease functionalities. The first one is the Three-Finger Translate, a new feature co-developed with Google. Using a three-finger gesture, users can capture screenshots of text and automatically translate them with the feature.

Flexdrop, another new feature, allows users to minimize and shrink apps into mini-windows using a simple swipe-up gesture.

Finally, Private System switches between two system configurations with a fingerprint or a password. The feature allows users to manage work and play modes on their smartphones.

Better battery management

In a new Super Power Saving Mode, users can minimize battery usage by limiting their smartphone to just six apps of their choosing. Under the new mode, users can take a 1-hour phone call with just five percent of battery.

Further, Battery Guard aims to prolong a smartphone’s battery life by pausing charging at 80 percent overnight. The system will resume charging right before the user wakes up.

Optimized under the hood

In ColorOS 11, OPPO is packing in a “proprietary lag-reducing engine,” boosting RAM usage efficiency by 45 percent, response rate by 32 percent, and frame rate by 17 percent.

Availability

OPPO is already rolling out the new update starting today. Right now, the update is available for the Find X2, the Find X2 Pro, and the Find X2 Pro Automobili Lamborghini Edition.

On September 30, it rolls out to the Reno3 4G, Reno3 Pro 4G, and the F17 Pro. Sometime in October, it launches for the Reno4 Pro 5G. In November, it comes to the Reno4 5G and the Reno4 Pro 5G. In December, it comes to the Reno4 4G, the F11, the F11 Pro, the F11 Pro Marvel’s Avengers Limited Edition, the A9, the A92, the A72, and the A52.

For the first quarter of next year, ColorOS 11 is coming to the Reno 10x Zoom, the Reno2, the Reno2 F, the Reno2 Z, the Reno3 Pro 5G, the A91, and the F15. In the next quarter, it rolls out to the Reno, the Reno Z, the A5 2020, and the A9 2020.

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Netflix confirms ads are coming later this year

In a cheaper subscription tier

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Netflix is currently in a bind. As the platform’s rivals grow, Netflix has started shrinking and losing subscribers. The company has also started pondering on alternative strategies to maintain its grip on the streaming world. One of the most recent ideas involves the introduction of a cheaper, ad-supported subscription tier. Now, after much strategizing, Netflix has all but confirmed its addition later this year.

During the recent Cannes Lion advertising festival (via The Hollywood Reporter), Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos confirmed that the platform is indeed adding a cheaper option for subscribers by the end of the year. While the platform was initially averse to including ads, Sarandos has stated that some subscribers actually don’t mind ads in return for a cheaper price per month.

Prior to an official announcement, Netflix has not announced how much the new subscription will cost on launch. Likewise, they haven’t confirmed whether the tier will come to all countries and territories where Netflix is present.

If anything, Netflix isn’t alone or the first in adding an ad-supported subscription tier. Hulu, for example, already offers such a tier. Hulu’s partner streaming platform, Disney+, is also considering adding a similar tier later this year.

Besides adding the ad-supported tier, Netflix is also pumping up its presence in the gaming world. They are also considering another payment system meant for users who share their passwords to non-subscribers.

SEE ALSO: Netflix is losing a lot of long-term subscribers

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ROG Phone 6 shows off its design ahead of launch

Featuring a second screen

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In a few weeks, ASUS is unveiling the ROG Phone 6. The next generation of gaming smartphone promises stellar performance packed inside a sharp design. Naturally, the power inside the phone isn’t a gigantic surprise, given what’s already out in the market today. However, figuring out what it will look like is always a treat. Now, a short time before the official launch, the ROG Phone 6 makes a small debut elsewhere, revealing the phone’s drip.

Recently, the phone popped up on TENAA. As with most filings, the entry comes with a set of photos that reveal both the front and the rear of the coming device. While the new device does share some similarities with its past siblings, the ROG Phone 6 has its own unique appeal.

Like the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate, the new phone will have a secondary screen on its rear. However, while the former looks sleek and smooth, the latter has a more industrial charm, paired with a larger camera island. It looks like something from Guardians of the Galaxy, as opposed to the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate’s Iron-Man glam. That said, the new phone still looks interesting.

In terms of hardware, the phone is expected to launch with the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1, 16GB of RAM, and 6000mAh of battery life. ASUS is launching the phone on July 5.

SEE ALSO: ROG Phone 6 will launch in July

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Xiaomi Smart Band 7 now official

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The new Xiaomi Smart Band 7 will be available in Singapore and the Philippines over the weekend.

You will get what is expected from an entry-level wearable as the Smart Band 7 features a 1.62-inch AMOLED high-resolution display, all-day heart rate, SPO2, and sleep monitoring, as well as over 110 workout and sports modes.

For those who want to check their health stats constantly, there is an Always-on display option.

The smart band also comes with an all-new VO2 max professional workout analysis for health and fitness junkies to be able to check the maximum amount of oxygen they can utilize during exercise.

Design-wise, it comes with multiple color options for its straps and over 100 watch faces available via the Mi Fitness app.

It also boasts up to a 14-day battery life on a single full charge, and is water-resistant.

Pricing, availability

The Xiaomi Smart Band 7 will be available for sale in Singapore starting on June 25, 2022 through the following outlets:

  • Leading e-commerce platforms
  • Shopee and Lazada
  • Xiaomi authorized stores

It will retail for an early bird price of SG$ 54, a considerable discount from its recommended retail price of SG$ 69.

In the Philippines, the smart band can be purchased starting on June 27, 2022 on Shopee
at an early bird price of PhP 1,999 (from PhP 2,399) which includes one free strap worth PhP 359.

 

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