Oppo’s ColorOS 13 update has a built-in pixelation feature for Message screenshots

Oppo is rolling out its ColorOS 13 update today and has detailed the features that are on the way for its devices as they upgrade to its flavor of Android 13. Oppo – which like Vivo, OnePlus and other brands Chinese, is controlled by the tech giant BBK Electronics – says the update will arrive first on the Find X5 and Find X5 Pro this month, before being released on about 33 additional models in the Find ranges, Reno, A, F and K before the end of the year.

One of the smaller features worth noting is a neat pixelation feature that will be available for screenshots in WhatsApp and Messenger chats. A new “Pixelize” option appears in the edit window, which you can tap to automatically blur the contact’s name and profile picture (as shown in the animation above). You can also use the tool to manually blur the content of messages. This could be a useful little feature if you want to quickly share a message exchange without revealing all the details.

As you’d expect, ColorOS 13 includes many of the standard features that Google rolled into this year’s Android update, such as improved privacy settings or the ability to mirror Google messages to a paired Chromebook. There are also obvious similarities with the Oppo OnePlus sub-brand’ recently announced OxygenOS 13 updatewhich works on the same underlying code base like ColorOS. Both updates share the same always-on display widget designs, including one for Spotify with built-in playback controls, as well as similar design changes that include resizable home screen widgets and folders.

But there are also new features for ColorOS 13 that have not yet been announced for OxygenOS. For example, Oppo announced a new “Multi-Screen Connect” screen mirroring feature that will allow up to three windows from one phone to be displayed on a connected Windows PC. This includes two background apps alongside a direct mirroring of a phone’s screen. The connectivity also simplifies transferring files between a smartphone and Windows, according to Oppo’s announcement.

Up to three windows of a ColorOS 13 phone can be mirrored on a Windows computer.
Picture: Oppo

A look at the design of ColorOS 13.
Picture: Oppo

Another small but potentially handy feature is something Oppo calls “Meeting Assistant”, which is designed to improve the reliability of calls made via Zoom, Microsoft Teams or Google Meet by prioritizing their traffic data over others. apps. It also reduces the size of incoming notifications with the aim of making them less distracting during a call.

Under the hood, claimed upgrades for ColorOS 13 include the launch of what Oppo calls the “Dynamic Computing Engine,” which it claims will increase battery life and allow more apps to run. remain open in the background.

The launch of ColorOS 13 comes just days after the official release of Android 13 for Pixel devices, making Oppo one of the first third-party Android makers to start rolling out the latest version of Google’s operating system. Check out Oppo’s chart below to see its expected timeline for the update to hit its handset lineup.

Oppo expects around 35 devices to receive the update before the end of the year.
Picture: Oppo

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