vivo detailed OriginOS today, the replacement of FuntouchOS. The new platform focuses on a re-imagined widget system, advanced gestures, memory optimizations and a healthy dose of visual flair.
Let’s start with the widgets. They are inspired by the Huarong Road, a type of sliding puzzle with different piece sizes. The homescreen can be easily rearranged even if there are multiple widgets of mismatched sizes (in fact, this is the preferred way to lay out your OriginOS homescreen).
In their simplest form, widgets change their look to convey information – a sun or a rainy cloud for the weather app, shifting message bubbles for the SMS app and so on. Tapping on a widget expands it to reveal additional information and controls. “Nano Alerts” are an interesting idea, they show notifications from an app within its widget.
vivo says that there are 26 gesture combinations that start with a tap at the bottom of the screen. There’s also SuperCard, which can be summoned from everywhere (even when the screen is off), for quick and easy mobile payments.
OriginOS will come with Multi-Turbo 5.0, a collection of memory optimization techniques. Memory Fusion sounds like swap, which adds 3 GB of extra RAM by shuffling data to the flash storage. The second feature is to optimize memory usage so that software needs less RAM to begin with. Finally, application preload speeds up app start up times by guessing which app you will open next and preparing the necessary data.
For visual flair, vivo has prepared “behavioral wallpapers” that simulate complex motions, like the swaying of each individual petal of a flower. The wallpaper can also match the weather outside by drawing an accurate representation of clouds (matching cloud cover, wind speed and visibility of local weather conditions).
Here are some more screenshots from OriginOS:
And another demo video: