The Chinese smartphone manufacturer OPPO is always praised for the unique designs, solid build quality and enhanced camera experience. However there is one thing that OPPO is never appreciated for: the software.
Even the latest smartphones and the flagships from OPPO are running the out-dated version of Android while the competitors (Samsung and Huawei) have made the shift towards Android Marshmallow and are now ready to receive Android Nougat in a month or two.
To shake things a little bit, OPPO announced Project Spectrum last year. Which aims to bring the near stock Android experience for OPPO smartphones, borrowing some features from ColorOS.
This includes Camera, MaxxAudio and screen gestures.
While the development is still slow, it’s good to see that people who don’t like ColorOS or want to have the latest version of Android running on their phones, now have a choice.
You must take note that these are the early builds and might contain some bugs, but according to my own experience you can use them as your daily driver.
How to Upgrade?
Make sure that you’re running the updated version of ColorOS and have not tempered with the default recovery.
- Download the package for your phone OPPO F1 | OPPO R7 Plus
- Put the download package to the root directory of your phone.
- Turn off the phone. Hold down Power key + Volume down key at the same time.
- When OPPO logo appears release your fingers, after a few seconds you’ll enter recovery mode.
- Select language and use Volume up / down to scroll and power key to select.
- To make a clean install please select “Wipe data and cache”, press “Yes” when it’s done.
- Then select the downloaded firmware and press “Yes” to start update.
- Reboot when the upgrade is complete.
Please note that you must use the stock recovery and make a backup of your all your data before upgrading. If you receive an error message while upgrading, reboot into recovery again and then upgrade.