Last year, Realme hit the headlines when it announced that it was forking OPPO’s ColorOS to offer a near-stock Android experience for Realme phones. Today, Realme has officially lifted the veils off its realmeUI that is based on top of ColorOS 7 which in turn runs on Android 10.
The realmeUI is advertised to be “Seamless Fun” and brings a bunch of visual changes to the UI and faces more focus on system colors, icons, wallpapers, and animations. While it seems to be slightly cleaner than before, the near-stock Android experience seems to be a little farfetched.
Here are the new features that realmeUI boasts off:
- Customizable App Icons
Realme’s new app icons are skeuomorphic i.e. their design stems from core elements found in their real-world counterparts. For instance, the “Settings” icon, derived from gear parts, is restructured through infinite circles as per the golden ratio, to comply with the original item.
The app icons are also customizable. Users can change the size and shape of the icons as they please. Another interesting customization option is the ability to customize the internal graphic size of the icons. For instance, the size of ‘the gear’ in the settings app can also be changed. Quite cool!
- New Wallpapers
A new UI is incomplete with new wallpapers. OPPO (and hence Realme) is already known to bundle some of the best wallpapers with their phones. This new realmeUI brings in 11 new wallpapers that Realme says are inspired by natural elements and match the color scheme of the UI.
- Quantum Animation Engine
To improve the experience, Realme has bundled in what it calls the Quantum Animation Engine that “improves screen fluency”. It’s been told that more work has also been put into the details of the animation to make them “super cool”.
- Focus Mode
Focus mode is a new feature that’s in sync with what a lot of OEMs have been working on; digital wellbeing tools. While this might make you remember of the focus mode that was introduced with Android 10, it seems to be different. According to Realme, Focus Mode can keep users “provisionally isolated” from the outside world and simultaneously play relaxing music to help users concentrate on more important tasks at hand.
- 3-Finger Screenshot Gesture
This is a new feature that was introduced with ColorOS 7 and isn’t limited to realmeUI. Until now, a three-finger swipe down would take a simple screenshot on phones running ColorOS. But with ColorOS 7, users can touch and hold three fingers for a few seconds and then swipe down to select a specific area instead of taking a normal screenshot and then cropping it.
- Personal Information Protection
Lastly, Realme has also bundled a new feature that Realme says protects user privacy and “changes the way your apps can access your personal information”. The “Personal Information Protection” feature will provide empty information pages when the apps are requesting access to your personal information, including calls, contacts, messages history, or schedule. This will limit the information the app will collect and will also not limit the functions of the application.
When will realmeUI release for my Realme phone?
Realme recently revealed the roadmap for Android 10 for its smartphones. Fortunately, this roadmap appears to be in line for the release of realmeUI too. The Realme 3 Pro and the Realme XT will be the first Realme phones to get the all-new realmeUI.
This is when Realme phones will get the realmeUI Android 10 update:
- Realme 3 Pro, Realme XT – January 2020
- Realme X, Realme 5 Pro – February 2020
- Realme X2 Pro – March 2020
- Realme 3/3i – April 2020
- Realme 5/5S – May 2020
- Realme 2 Pro – June 2020
- Realme C2 – Q3 2020