Vivo Originos Ocean Review: The “original System” For All Users


[Bestbuy618 Mobile Channel] Vivo OriginOS is arguably the most unique custom operating system in today’s cell phone market. OriginOS can be said to have made an impressive experience in a crowd of similar systems, from the unique atomic components to the small features like behavioral wallpapers and window styles that have a lot of highlights. Time flies, OriginOS has been out for over a year, and the promised new version update is finally here.

After a year of development, Vivo has delivered the answer under the name Ocean, and when you turn on the screen, you will see a lock screen that is very different from the previous version. The abstract design with geometric divisions and bold colors reminds you of the new stylistic design concept, which continues from the lock screen to the new components on the desktop, to the UI of the built-in applications, and even the small icons in the camera, demonstrating that Vivo has put a lot of effort into the visual unity of the entire system.

Those who have used the first generation of OriginOS should be aware that it includes two launchers: “Normal Android” and “Huarong Grid,” which is commonly referred to as desktop. The essence of OriginOS is “Huarong Grid,” but it has a learning cost, so Vivo makes the two launchers switchable at any time to adapt to different users’ habits. And, with the arrival of OriginOS Ocean, which replaces the common Android launcher, it is necessary to allow users who have never used Vivo to get started for free.OriginOS 1.0’s two sets of desktop launchers To achieve this goal, Vivo first improved the system’s name.

The difficulty of reading the name “OriginOS” is unrivaled in the cell phone world, and you can even see many people calling it “Orange System” on the internet, so this time Vivo simply unified the Chinese name – OriginOS – directly to make it easier for users to remember, and Vivo has made new optimizations to the overall interface as well as the interaction. The desktop icon size has been reduced and the line spacing has been increased in the new version of OriginOS. This is a very subtle change, and in my opinion, it is an attempt to bring the “Huarong grid” closer to the traditional desktop.

There was no clear separation between icons and components in the first generation of OriginOS, and the application icon itself was one of the atomic components. This approach was quite innovative at the time, but it may confuse some users, so it is best to reduce the visual elements of icons appropriately and let icons become icons again.

So, whereas the original system could only bring up the name of the icon by long pressing on the desktop margin, the new version of OriginOS now supports making the icon name resident.Minimize icons to show icon names The interaction requirement of long-pressing the desktop margin to display icon names is reduced with the ability to display icon names by default. Vivo’s system team can safely change the interaction of long-pressing the desktop margin to desktop control, which is a standard operation for all Android systems and even iOS and, of course, the cheapest way to learn.

GIF of the desktop blank click effect (left is the old version, right is the new version) Users can quickly change the wallpaper by calling out the desktop controls in the traditional way, whereas on the first generation OriginOS, this operation requires access to the wallpaper option in the system settings to operate. Furthermore, the operation of adjusting the “interaction pool” and switching to a new theme no longer necessitates the use of a separate icon. After all of this, Vivo has made the “app drawer,” which is not commonly used in China, an optional feature.

Users can choose to display all apps on the desktop in a manner similar to iOS and most domestic Android custom ROMs, eliminating the need to enter the secondary “app drawer” menu.More centralized desktop settings From the naming to the interface to the interaction, you can see Vivo’s systematic efforts to make “Orange System” a “grounded” system. These changes are linked, allowing OriginOS to truly land and become the “original system” for all users.

Let us first discuss the completely new interface and interaction, followed by a discussion of the functional improvements. In the morpher, slide left, you can see that the system style column can already take colors according to the wallpaper, and these colors will be applied to the system’s drop-down icons and setting icons.Emphasis on color system On native Android, users can turn off the full limits of camera and recording with one click, whereas on OriginOS Ocean, users can turn off the full limits of camera and recording with one click, whereas on OriginOS Ocean, users can turn off the full limits of camera and recording with With a direct built-in atomic privacy system, vivo’s approach is even more ruthless. Consider it a separate subsystem from the main system, accessible by swiping left on the Dock bar and performing fingerprint recognition.

Simultaneously, users can add applications, pictures, videos, and other files to this system, and the content added to the privacy system will not be displayed in the normal system, achieving complete isolation and protection, and the existence of the “system” concept also makes the overall user experience more consistent and less costly to begin. Furthermore, the privacy system will identify the owner when performing key operations during the use process to prevent others from interfering in the middle of the operation. Because the privacy system and the normal system exist independently, it is natural to consider moving the important work WeChat to the privacy system and keeping the life WeChat in the normal system. To do so, go to settings, open WeChat’s application split, and then add the split WeChat (or vice versa) to the privacy system to complete the operation of both privacy and life WeChat.

This is primarily reflected in the newly designed lock screen system, the new Atomic component, and the Atomic Notes App. In addition to the traditional quick launch of camera and phone, the OriginOS Ocean lock screen supports quick selection of music playback and daily step display.

Furthermore, when the user has travel information, such as flight reservations, the system will extract important information from the lock screen.

In response to the epidemic, the desktop Atomic component has also added a health code function. The previously highly acclaimed Atomic Walkman has been given a new style, and users can still control a variety of third-party music apps (including NetEase Cloud Music, QQ Music, Kugou Music, Himalaya, and other mainstream platforms) directly from the Atomic component on the desktop. After logging into WeChat WeChat and clicking on the health code, the system will quickly display the current health code based on your city on the desktop.

To meet the growing demand for sweeping codes, the WeChat Sweep tool is also included in the “Epidemic Prevention Health Code” atomic component.

Vivo’s Atomic Notes App is a new system app that includes sticky notes, to-do lists, and document readers. The overall design style is more in line with the system design, and Vivo has prepared a variety of styles of visual elements that can be added to the sticky notes, so you can completely use the sticky notes as a handbook to match the combination and create your own style. vivo’s intention is clear, and the end result is excellent.

Vivo also has its own more thoughtful features, such as the privacy system, which can truly address users’ concerns. However, OriginOS Ocean, like other uniquely designed systems, will inevitably face the problem of style adaptation, which is a long and difficult problem that will necessitate ongoing efforts from the Vivo OriginOS team.