Oppo's ColorOS 12 will remove metadata from media that you share online

Sep 16, 2021
Updated • Sep 23, 2021
Mobile Computing

Oppo is one of several OEMs that participated in Google's Android 12 Developer Preview. The Chinese phone maker has announced the next iteration of its custom skin based on the latest Android version, called ColorOS 12.

Oppo ColorOS 12 will remove metadata

One of Android 12's most anticipated features is the Privacy Dashboard system, and ColorOS 12 includes all of the goodies. Your phone will display an on-screen indicator (icon) when an app is accessing your camera, mic, or GPS information. You may set apps to use your approximate location instead of the actual location.

But Oppo has tweaked the privacy controls a step further to provide an enhanced experience. The Permissions manager displays a record of apps that were able to gather sensitive data, along with the number of times the information was accessed.

Oppo ColorOS 12 privacy controls

When you share an image or video online, the metadata of the file is retained. In the wrong hands, this could mean that the location where the photo was snapped, could be exposed along with other details, such as the device used, settings, timestamp, etc. ColorOS 12 removes the metadata when you share the media, to protect your privacy.

Oppo ColorOS 12 privacy management

New features in ColorOS 12

ColorOS 12 introduces a refreshed interface without clutter, it also has a nice card layout rich with information and customizable widgets. It also brings Omoji avatars, which are similar to Apple's Memoji for iOS. The upcoming firmware brings some nifty additions, such as the ability to connect your Oppo phone to your PC, to allow you to manage the handset using your computer's screen and keyboard. You can use it to share the clipboard, edit files, view notifications, and transfer data.  In case you aren't aware, you can do the same with the open source tool, ScrCpy.

Oppo ColorOS 12 new interface

ColorOS 12 comes with the new Quantum Animation Engine 3.0, which delivers smooth animations for transitions, and a fluid performance. You can view a demo of the operating system, in the video that is embedded on the official page (it's in Chinese).

Oppo ColorOS 12 cards

Smart sidebar is yet another improvement that arrives with ColorOS 12, it provides quick shortcuts that you may find handy while on a video conference calls, or watching videos, or screen sharing.

OnePlus devices in China to get ColorOS 12

A few months ago, OnePlus announced that it was merging the codebase of its Android skin, OxygenOS, with that of ColorOS. This move was made to optimize the development process of the software. OnePlus had already reassured users that OxygenOS will continue to exist in its current form, aka stock Android-like, but its devices that are sold in China will be updated to ColorOS instead. That is going to happen with ColorOS 12, so OnePlus devices in China will get the same features as the Oppo devices.

Oppo will start rolling out ColorOS 12 to its devices starting from October 2021, and through the next months.

Note: The source web page is in Chinese and features images instead of text, so I used Yandex Translate's OCR tool to translate the contents to English.

Do you have a Samsung Galaxy S21? If so, you can opt-in to the One UI 4.0 Beta Program to test Android 12. Google is prepping for the Android 12 release, and that's rumored to be announced on the 4th of October.

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