Well, this is surprising. Oppo, which has been using a customised version of Android on all of its devices (until now, that is), will be offering a near-stock version of Android outside of China. The best part is, owners of the Find 7 and Find 7a will be able to flash it immediately.
According to Oppo, this somewhat odd (but commendable) decision is meant to appeal more to users outside of China, who prefer less customised versions of Android. Dubbed as Project Spectrum, the near-stock version of Android is meant to “better connect to consumers in Western markets,” Oppo said.
For now, Project Spectrum is only available on the Find 7 as well as Find 7a, and users will have to flash it on their own. While this is quite a hassle, many will find the effort worth it, especially if they’re not a fan of Oppo’s ColorOS.
In essence, Project Spectrum is just Android Lollipop with a few Oppo software installed, including the company’s own gesture support, camera app, and audio tools. Sometime in the future, Oppo will make Project Spectrum available on its other devices as well; users can also look forward to an updated version for Android Marshmallow early next year.
If you happen to own the Oppo Find 7 or Find 7a, you can follow the instructions here and here to flash Project Spectrum on your device. Be warned though, some of the steps can be a little complicated to regular users, and user data will also be wiped after the update.