First Impressions on Oppo’s Upcoming New Find5 Firmware

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Right or wrong, first impressions often shape the way we view people, places and things. It’s in our makeup, the fabric of who we are. Sometimes we can ignore these thoughts, but more often than not they influence us. And that’s literally the first thing I thought when I was given a Release Preview to Oppo’s new Find5 Firmware, codenamed “Color” (previously known as “Project Firefly”).

For those who aren’t familiar, the Oppo Find5 is a beautiful device we’ve talked about on a few occasions, and our Portal Admin WillVerduzco reviewed recently. Having used one for the last few months, I have to say it’s a terrific device, a sleeper some would say in the mobile world populated with “Big Things” and “Ones”.

Once the ROM booted, I immediately made my way to the Security Settings and was quite delighted to see a few nice options:

  1. Guest Mode – you are able to assign a separate access for guests and can restrict them to certain activities.
  2. Application Encryption – this is misleading as it’s not really encryption but instead application locking. You are able to lock down specific applications via a password or swipe-lock.
  3. Holiday Mode – essentially the same as the long-standing CyanogenMod Quiet Mode option.

The Settings themselves are still sorted into different tabs,  à la TouchWiz and something they had in previous versions, with the difference to TouchWiz being that these actually make sense and look to be more refined compared to previous ROM iterations.

The visual aspects of the new ROM are great. The transitions are much smoother and make much more sense than before. The notifications are nice and crisp, though it’s a bit confusing how to “dismiss all,” as the broom icon at the bottom isn’t inherently obvious. Once you click it though, they all disappear nicely.

They have a built-in theme engine with what looks to be crowd-sourced themes as well as a nice (albeit TouchWiz-esque) implementation of the Android stock Calendar. Upon further digging, it seems Oppo is including their own implementation of GO Keyboard, but without all of the privacy concerns that come from GO’s intrusive ad system as part of 3G.cn.

I like what I see in this new firmware from a strictly aesthetic standpoint, and look forward to seeing exactly where this lands. There is also the hope that Oppo takes the user experience, including their personal and data security, seriously in this post-PRISM era.


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