Oppo's Find 7 and Find 7a Can Now Upgrade to Color OS 2.0, with Many Improvements and 4.4 Kit Kat

This time of year is always chock-full of software updates and new devices to show them off.  Sometimes, a manufacturer won't let loose a new device, and sometimes the new device they let loose won't usher in a software update for all the recent ones from the manufacturer.  Luckily, Oppo is following a positive trend with their customized version of Android called Color OS.  Their latest device, the Oppo N3, has seen so much leakage and teaser time, it's all but known to us what the device will look like and feature.  But there's one thing we now know it will come with, and that's a new version of Color OS.

This newest version of Color OS was first announced on the Oppo Forums on Friday evening, and we have some great news for users of the Find 7 and Find 7a: it's based on Kit Kat, Android 4.4, and you can download and install it now.   With that out of the way, let's look at what the new version (2.0.0 compared to the previous 1.0.0) of Color OS brings to the table and smartphone.

First off, there's a video, which highlights the biggest and apparently most note-worthy features and tidbits about Color OS 2.0.0.  That video is right below this:

And now we can get to the full changelog, according to the Oppo Forums.  Color OS 2 brings some much needed improvement and streamlining.  It is based on both Kit Kat and Color OS 1.0, and from version 1.0, it takes out the redundancies.  The new look and design of Color OS 2.0 is more minimalistic as well.

One of the biggest visual changes is the addition of the Gaussian blur-ability of the entire system.  Gaussian blur allows you to blur the background to somewhat-obscurity, and have it look blurry while the forefront of the interface remains in focus and in action.  It's great on the homescreen and notification tray, where your photo might not be the best looking, but just add a little blur and it'll get that artistic touch right away.  The blur also kicks in in the music player and when you open a folder on the homescreen as well.

Each animation within the device is now unified to a single one, so that the system is a single, seamless, smooth unified experience.  Each transition is also more than 'app 1 flashes straight to app 2', so it feels natural and fluid when using the device.

Something that Oppo is great at is adding little details that make their device's Color OS great, and one of those is live weather.  Live weather 2.0, included in Color OS 2.0, upgrades the variation and animations of the weather patterns it can display over top of your homescreens, so you can have weather updates stream down your screen, or have the new haze effect over top your phone.  According to Oppo, you might also find some nifty secrets if you poke around.  Go try that out to see if you can find them.

The Gesture Panel, which makes Oppo devices unique from any other, allow for drawing of input in a specified panel to interact with the device and launch apps and functions.  The panel used to be located in the notification tray, but it has moved south and can be found from the bottom edge of the phone for much easier single- and small-handed usage.  Once you use a gesture, it is recorded and saved across the top of the gesture panel for easy access later.

The task manager also got a facelift and feature or two.  Now, it is smooth and simple (and scrolls sideways, much like iOS does now) and allows you both clear all and lock certain apps.  If you lock an app, it will remain after clearing all running apps, so you can go back to it no matter what.  That makes multitasking a whole lot easier.

Screenshotting is now even more feature-packed.  If you take a screenshot, then go straight to your notification panel, you can edit it and send it right away or keep it because it's stylish to share later on your site of choice.  You can also, if you misfired, simply delete it right then, no questions asked.

The launcher is now single-layer, instead of the previous two-layer design, because it is simpler than a two-layer design.

A memory cleaner is now in the settings, so you can free up memory easier and more securely as well.

And finally, you can turn on super power-saving mode.  It drops all functionality on the phone, except text messaging and and making and receiving calls.  This will extend the battery life by an enormous amount, while keeping your phone functional for the necessary features.

There are a number of miscellaneous and smaller changes in Color OS 2.0, which we won't get into here, but check out the forum post for those details and the file download and installation guide.  Do you run the stock software interface on your device?  Or are you one that likes and can't live without stock Android or your favorite custom ROM?  If you have a Find 7 or 7a, will you try this new version of Color OS out, or just stick with your current software, stock or not?  Let us know down below.

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