ColorOS is OPPO’s flavor of Android and to say the least it’s rather heavy and much like other Chinese OEM versions of Android it takes a lot of its design cues from iOS. In their defense, that’s the type of thing that sells well in the Chinese smartphone market but when it comes to western markets, that’s not as popular of a choice. This week OPPO announced what they’re calling “Project Spectrum;” a near-stock version of Android that will be made available to “key devices” in the OPPO lineup.
As you see in the video, Project Spectrum is very closely-related to AOSP and appears to be running a far more Googly and bloat-free experience than is typical with OPPO’s phones. That’s not to say it’s completely devoid of OPPO’s hand, though. It still includes the ColorOS camera, Screen-off gestures, and the MaxxAudio equalizer.
Project Spectrum appears to currently be running on Android 5.1.1 and there’s no saying what level of support this project will have going forward and whether they will update to Android 6.0 or this will be the only version for the devices that they’re supporting. As of right now, Project Spectrum is only available for the Find 7/7a but it’s possible that this will become more prominent with future phone releases from the manufacturer, especially if they have plans to expand their sales to the US. I know personally I’d be more likely to purchase an OPPO device if I knew it was going to be supported through Project Spectrum; what say you?