Realme Phones Update Roundup: Android 9 Pie, ColorOS 6 Update Timeline, New and Upcoming Features

Realme 1, Realme 2, Realme 2 Pro, Realme C1, and the Realme U1 will all be updated to Android Pie next year.


Realme India recently revealed that the company plans to update all its smartphones to Android Pie by the end of Q2 2019. This was re-confirmed by Madhav Sheth, Realme India CEO in the second episode of #AskMadhav. The fan connect platform initiated by Realme India CEO allows owners of Realme smartphones to ask questions to him and also provide feedback on the company’s products. In the latest episode, Sheth shed more light on the upcoming updates that the company has lined up for its smartphones.

Realme Smartphones to Receive Android 9 Pie-Based ColorOS 6 Update Next Year

Realme CEO Madhav Sheth has confirmed once again that the company will be updating its entire smartphone lineup to Android Pie within the next two quarters. Realme India had recently announced on Twitter that the company plans to finish rolling out the Android Pie update for all its smartphones by the second quarter of 2019. Sheth, however, has added that the Android Pie update will also bring the ColorOS 6 update for all Realme smartphone. OPPO had unveiled the next version of its ColorOS custom operating system on its fifth anniversary last month.

ColorOS 6.0 introduces an updated UI designed specifically for ‘bezel-less’ smartphones. Some of the other key changes include gradient color schemes for a less cluttered appearance,  performance improvements, and AI application quick freeze that freezes apps in the background instead of closing them entirely. OPPO claims the AI application quick freeze feature can help improve battery life by up to 7%. ColorOS 6.0 is expected to be the first major update for the Realme U1, the company’s latest smartphone. As for ColorOS 5.2, the company plans to release the stable update for Realme 2 and Realme C1 before the end of December.

New Features Coming to Realme Smartphones

In addition to confirming the ColorOS 6.0 update for all Realme smartphones, Sheth also provided some information regarding some features that will be rolled out to select models. Realme is currently working on the ‘Fingerprint Selfie’ option for all its smartphones with a fingerprint sensor. The feature is expected to be rolled out before the end of the first quarter next year. Realme smartphone users can also look forward to notification icons in the notification bar as part of the ColorOS 6.0 update that will be rolled out next year. Before that, however, Realme will be rolling out an OTA update to its devices to add the reboot option. The OTA update will be rolled out by the end of January or early February.

Apart from the good news regarding ColorOS 6.0, the Realme CEO also shared some bad news regarding the Realme 1. Owners of the first Realme smartphone have been requesting the brand to add slow-motion video, EIS, and 4K Ultra HD video recording features to the smartphone. Unfortunately, Sheth confirmed that these features are not supported by the camera module used in the Realme 1. However, he did say that the company plans to continue rolling out security updates for the smartphone for two years. If you are wondering if Realme smartphones will gain Google Lens support in the near future, you may be disappointed. All the Realme smartphones that will be launched in 2019 will support Google Lens out of the box, but the company hasn’t made up its mind on adding Google Lens support to its existing smartphones.