Design covers a wide range of industries, from the physical components of products to the virtual elements of user interface design. It’s sometimes too easy to prioritize consumer productivity, but even the most beautiful computer or smartphone will only be paperweight if the software running on it cannot be used. The smartphone user experience or UX has come a long way since the first iPhone and Android phones were launched, resulting in different aesthetics and design languages over the years. From skeuomorphism to minimalism, UX is inspired by many beautiful things in our world, and OPPO’s latest iteration of ColorOS tries to take a page from the expert and designer of the world , Mother Nature.
Smartphone UI designs have gone from trying to recreate physical objects in the digital world to creating new metaphors that cannot be created in the real world. Today’s trends have swung towards minimalism, although the pendulum has started to move towards the middle ground which adds a few embellishments to give a bit of life to what would normally be a straight expression. exactly. This, in turn, has opened the door to create languages that are built on top of conventional minimalism, adding some character to the user interface.
ColorOS 13, for example, introduces what OPPO calls its “Aquamorphic Design”, which is inspired by the flow of water in nature. In its calmer state, water is always fluid, smooth, and compliant, preferring the path of least resistance and flowing through obstacles instead, slowly eroding rocks rather than trying to break them them. Whether intentional or not, it’s a fitting metaphor for the elegant design language that OPPO adopted from its award-winning Find X5 Pro flagship earlier this year.
In practice, Aquamorphic Design manifests itself in colors, images, and animations that feel smoother and more natural. The color scheme, for example, tries to bring hues from the darkness of the ocean. Icons are larger but also have rounded lines as if they were pebbles picked up from the banks of a gently flowing river. Changing the performance of different parts of the phone is better and more fluid, trying to follow natural activities instead of something as simple as a timer. Many people use animations for granted, and some even look down on them as a waste of CPU time or battery, but creating animations really helps our brain to create connections when the location of the screen moves. After all, nothing in real life just comes out of thin air, something that will blow our mind, whether physical or digital.
OPPO ColorOS 13’s nod to nature doesn’t stop with its appearance. A new Always-on-Display feature called Homeland, for example, tries to raise awareness of how even a minute change in temperature from global warming can affect wild animals. The Blossom live wallpaper, on the other hand, ties the concept of planting with your screen time. If you go beyond your screening period, the plant does not grow and begins to wither.
In terms of technology, ColorOS 13 promises not only better performance but also more battery life. In addition to the 30% reduction in power consumption with Always-on-Display mode, the experience of OPPO’s Android users is trying to save battery as much as possible, which means less charging time and battery life longer. These may seem like small improvements, but they are still small steps forward that increase the phone’s durability and stability in the long run.