Realme 2, Realme C1 Android 9 Pie-based ColorOS 6 Update Rolling Out; Brings App Drawer, Theme Store, More Features


After beta testing Android 9 Pie-based ColorOS 6 on the Realme 2 and Realme C1 for about a month, the OPPO sub-brand has finally released the final version of the software for the general public. The rollout of this software update started on July 5 for the Realme 2, and on July 6 for the Realme C1. With this update, the most prominent features to finally make their way to these popular smartphones include the app drawer, new navigation gestures, riding mode, Realme Theme store, and more.

The firmware version number for the new OS update on the Realme 2 is RMX1805EX_11_A.54. Meanwhile, the Realme C1’s update bears the version number RMX1811EX_11_A.54. Both updates are roughly 2GB in size.

Realme 2, Realme C1 Android 9 Pie-based ColorOS 6: Features

The changelog for the Realme 2 and Realme C1 update are exactly the same. This update also brings over June 2019’s Android security patch for the two smartphones.  You can check out the full changelog below:

Added notification icons in status bar
Added a new navigation gesture|
Added app drawer to ColorOS launcher
Added Riding Mode
Android Security Patch Level: June 5, 2019

Updated UI of the notification panel
Updated UI of AI Board
Updated default theme

Added realme Theme Store

The first of the new feature the two smartphones now get is a redesigned UI. Users can finally see notification icons in the status bar. The next added feature is the swipe up gesture navigation option. To activate this feature, head on over to Settings > Convenience Aid > Navigation Keys > Swipe-up Gesture. You will also find a Riding Mode app that helps you stay safe while driving a vehicle. Some of the most useful features of Riding Mode include muting all notifications, auto-decline calls, and auto-reply to declined calls via text message. You have the option to whitelist some contacts where your phone will ring if the same contact calls again within three minutes.

But perhaps the most important UI feature that comes with ColorOS 6 is the App Drawer. There is just something satisfying about the way stock android lets you organize all your applications neatly in the app drawer, thus allowing your home screen to remain clutter-free.

Another notable update is the new Notification panel layout that takes up the entire screen when you pull down the notification shade. All the nifty toggles you expect to find in the notification shade are present here, but they are considerably larger than the way they appear on stock Android Pie and other Pie-based skins. Then there is the addition of the Theme Store that will let you customize your smartphone with various fonts, icons, wallpapers, ringtones, etc. you will have both free and paid elements to choose from.

As is the case with any major software update, we expect the rollout for this to be in a staged manner. If you don’t see the new ColorOS update on your Realme 2 or Realme C2 yet, just be patient as you should be getting the update notification any day now. If you have received the update, let us know your experience in the comments below.