After breaking its short-lived partnership with CyanogenMod, China-based hardware manufacturer Oppo shifted its software focus entirely on a proprietary platform dubbed ColorOS and obviously built on Android source code.

But as the purist community grows stronger and more vocal by the day, everyone from LG to Sony seems to agree bloatware must go or at least get significantly downsized. Of course, some people prefer “heavier” UIs, with loads of pre-installed apps and tweaks, so perhaps the answer is choice.

In Oppo’s case, you can choose to retain the skinned Android experience offered out the box for the Find 7 and Find 7a, or download Project Spectrum V1.0 Beta via the source link below. What is Project Spectrum? Essentially, a near-stock alternative for the “highly customized” ColorOS ROM.

That’s near-stock, mind you, not 100 percent vanilla Android, with “the most essential” ColorOS features added on top of the basic Lollipop interface and fundamental Google apps. You get so-called screen-off gestures, deactivated by default in version 1 of Project Spectrum’s beta, MaxxAudio sound enhancements, as well as the ColorOS Camera app with Beautify, Filters, HDR, GIF, Double Exposure, and Expert Mode plugins.

Everything else will resemble a Nexus, and unlike unofficial ports available around the web, we’re guessing this won’t void your manufacturer warranty since, well, it’s manufacturer-sanctioned. The good news doesn’t stop there, as the lower-end but newer Oppo R5 and R5s will themselves get Android 5.1-based Project Spectrum options “soon.”

Then, it’s time for bloat-free Marshmallow updates, “expected to be released for other key devices in early 2016.” Other devices? Would that perhaps include the long overdue Find 9? Let’s hope so.

Source: Oppo Community




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