Realme talks Android Q update plans, Digital Wellbeing, dark mode, and more
Affordable and budget offerings from Realme have shaken up the Indian smartphone market, which has traditionally been dominated by brands like Xiaomi and Samsung. Besides launching nearly 10 phones in the last five quarters, the company has striven hard with respect to updates. It has been rolling out updates for several smartphones and was also among the brands that got its users an early preview of Android Q with the Beta build available for the Realme 3 Pro. The company also engages responds to the concerns and the feedback through its forum as well as Q&A videos with Realme’s CEO Madhav Sheth in a YouTube series called “AskMadhav.”
Last month, Realme put out a video in the series in which the executive talked about a myriad of improvements coming to ColorOS 6. The company recently launched its premium smartphone, the Realme X, in India and during our review, it impressed us with its value for money including aspects such as the 48MP camera, notchless display in-display fingerprint, a pop-up camera on the front, and overall premium feeling. But the software remains the only weak link in the product and the company has promised us to fix that soon. While the representatives have been talking (off the record) about the company’s own near-stock Android-based OS coming in the future, it has not stranded ColorOS and is working on improving the experience of users.
In a recent post on the Realme Community, Alessio, the admin of the forum, answered a lot of questions about updates, additional features coming to the smartphones or trickling down from the newer devices to the older ones. For instance, Digital Wellbeing, which is not currently a part of ColorOS 6, will soon be added to Realme devices including the earliest batch including the Realme 1 and the Realme 2 Pro. The admin didn’t share a deadline for these features but mentioned that they would arrive with an update. Further, they also iterated that dark mode will be coming to Realme devices including the 2 Pro
Talking about Android Q on some of the devices, Alessio noted that the update will probably not be available on the Realme 1 and the Realme 2 Pro. This can be expected since the two smartphones received Android Pie last month only. We can expect Android Q to come to newer phones such as the Realme 3 Pro and the Realme X and eventually to others launched earlier in 2019.
Additionally, the admin assured that the company is working on pushing out updates to users more smoothly and reducing the waiting period between the time of an OTA rollout and its availability for users. Further, it was clarified that features like Nightscape and Chroma Boost in the Camera app will not be available for the entry-level Realme C1.
Meanwhile, Realme may have some more exciting news to share with the users in the future including a quad-camera smartphone with a 64MP primary sensor. We’ll keep you updated about this and other Realme devices and software updates as we learn about them in the future.