Oppo and Realme phones will soon support an app drawer because the feature has been seemingly requested by many users. The feature will debut on Oppo and Realme phones with the upcoming Android Pie-based ColorOS 6.0 update, which was first announced in November last year. The ColorOS 6.0 update will bring an all-new gradient design and newer fonts, but its ability to allow users to switch to an app drawer interface will invariably be the most talked-about feature in the days to come.
Chinese brands are notorious for taking insane amounts of inspiration from the iPhone. Particularly on the side of software. Much like how it is in iOS, a large chunk of Android-based custom ROMs coming from China feature a springboard of apps (and widgets) on the home screen. This means all your apps (and widgets) lie on the home screen itself, in short, it becomes a chaotic affair if someone uses too many apps. Not to mention, the all-round look and feel of your smartphone home screen goes for a toss.
There has been a growing demand from users that brands let them opt for an app drawer, in the in-house ROM itself. For not having one forces many to download and install third-party launchers. Brands are now paying heed to this growing demand, and some of them have started to work on bringing a dedicated app drawer to their devices. Huawei is a classic example and because Honor makes do of the same software, even its phones now let you manually opt for an app drawer. Xiaomi’s Poco launcher, that made its debut on the Poco F1, is now available for MIUI-based devices just so users can opt for its app drawer approach. So on, and so forth.
Oppo is also joining the bandwagon now with its ColorOS 6.0 update and because Oppo and its sub-brand Realme share the same software, even Realme devices will be benefited from this. Just like how it is in Huawei phones, Oppo and Realme will allow users to manually switch to an app drawer from the settings. The default mode will still be iOS-like.
The ColorOS 6.0 update will also bring, what Oppo is calling a borderless design, possibly to enhance user experience on the mushrooming near bezel-less Oppo and Realme phones in the market. It will also bring a new font called Oppo Sans, alongside heaps of AI capabilities. There’s no word when ColorOS 6.0 will be ready for prime-time though.