Funtouch OS 9 review: proprietary shell of vivo Android smartphones

The vast majority of Android smartphone manufacturers use branded shells in their models

a number of reasons. Of the main ones - the extension of standard functionality, more flexible options for customizing the interface, optimizing the workspace and the OS itself for faster work and a banal modification of the appearance. Users were divided into two camps: someone prefers “clean” Android, while someone prefers customized options. Relatively recently, vivo smartphones began to be officially sold in Ukraine, we have already visited the vivo NEX 3 flagship review. All current models work on Android 9 Pie OS with the Funtouch 9 proprietary shell. It has a decent amount of features compared to stock Android. Today we will consider why it is interesting.

  1. How to customize the look of Funtouch 9?
  2. How to organize workspace in Funtouch 9?
  3. What additional features are there in Funtouch 9?
  4. What applications are already installed in Funtouch 9
  5. In the dry residue

How to customize the look of Funtouch 9?


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Already traditionally manufacturers completely (oralmost completely) redraw the appearance of the operating system beyond recognition. Starting with icons, fonts, color schemes and ending with all the animations. So in Funtouch OS: everything is redrawn, there are different themes, including downloadable ones. It is possible to change the font size (and the font itself). Icons can also be customized, but not only in size. It is possible to choose their shape from square to round with intermediate options.


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It is possible to customize the desktop grid 4x5, 4x6 or 5x6, of course, widgets are supported.


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By default, a light theme is installed. She looks stylish and very neat and calm. Without too much sloppiness.


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If you wish, you can switch to a dark theme,especially relevant for models with AMOLED screens. When switching, not individual menus, but all interface elements change in accordance with the theme. It is included in the settings “Screen and brightness”.


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Models with AMOLED screens have the Always function.on Display, which does not need a special introduction. The screen will display hours and notifications. There are different options for watches and their colors.


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How to organize workspace in Funtouch 9?

Compared to the “clean” Adnroid, in Funtouch OSThere are a number of distinguishing features and chips. As in many other shells, there is no separate application menu. Only desktops on which all installed applications are downloaded. And in the horizontal movement from left to right from the home desktop, the so-called Smart Launcher is placed. It contains search in the form of a ribbon, shortcuts for quickly launching applications, Jovi tips and the number of steps taken, weather forecasts and calendar events.


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One of the most unusual features of Funtouch OSis the presence of two “curtains” instead of one. The upper, familiar is only responsible for notifications. Everything else (including adjusting the brightness and volume, all the shortcuts for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and so on) are placed in the lower curtain called Shortcut center, which resembles the logic in iOS. The developers say that they were guided by the desire to place it more conveniently for controlling with one hand on smartphones with large screens. On the left side there is a scrollable area with shortcuts, to the right - brightness and volume sliders, and above - a panel with the same fast commands. They can choose up to 8 pieces. Including quick inclusion of maps and getting directions to your home, launching your YouTube subscriptions, and so on.


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There are various navigation options forsystem: buttons or gestures. In the system navigation menu, you can select the order and style of buttons or gestures. Including, you can completely remove the notation for gesture control. There is a clear instruction on how to use.


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For easier control and faster accessto different functions additional control gestures are provided. Including double tap screen activation, a flashlight by shaking a smartphone, launching basic applications by drawing characters on the screen and so on.


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For more convenient one-handed operationthere is a reduced window mode with adjustable size and a keyboard for one-handed dialing. It is slightly reduced in size and shifted to the desired edge of the screen.


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There is a floating button Easy Touch. It can be moved to any convenient place on the screen, after a few seconds it retracts to the edge of the display and looks like a small translucent drop. With its help, it is fashionable to include the most necessary applications on top of all windows.


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Application manager looks almoststandard: horizontal carousel of cards. There are two buttons above the cards: for switching to window mode and for securing the application (it will remain launched if you close the rest with the button). From additional functions - you can select a specific set of applications that will appear blurry in the application manager.


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What additional features are there in Funtouch 9?

The shell provides for “Children's mode”, inwhere you can limit the use of mobile data, make only some applications available, limit and set a timer to use a specific application and the mode as a whole. It is also possible to view application usage history for a day or a week.


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The ability to record telephone conversations will be extremely important and useful for some users. In “pure” Android it is not.


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The album with the photo as a whole has a familiar look, butThere are a couple of useful features. A “basket” where deleted photos can be stored for up to 30 days. The chip is not new, but useful. In case you accidentally deleted something you need. And “Intelligent Classification”: smartphone sorts photos by content type.


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Game mode seems to have become an integral partany modern smartphone. In Funtouch OS, it is called “Ultra-Game Mode”. It optimizes the system at startup and allows you to block all kinds of notifications during the game, there is an “auto-play” mode, in which the running game remains active even when the smartphone is locked:


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Another useful, though not unique, feature is application cloning. A “duplicate” of the application for the second account is created in the smartphone. For example, for social networks.

Funtouch OS has the ability to take long screenshots. Again, the function is not new, but useful.


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“Intelligent Mirroring” -broadcast content or duplication of the smartphone interface on the TV screen. It is made clearly and does not require any additional manipulations. A compatible TV (if any) is automatically detected.


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There was also a completely unusual thing - modemotorcycle. You can set up automatic call rejection or auto answer via SMS when activated. There is an estimate of speed before the answer: incoming will not be distracting at a speed of more than 10 km / h.


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What applications are already installed in Funtouch 9?

The shell provides a set of predefinedapplications. I believe that it may vary slightly depending on the model. In general, he is familiar, has everything you need. Music and video player, smartphone manager (with cleaning and other service functions), file manager, calculator, voice recorder, FM tuner, notes, email client, own vivo cloud service, compass, level and EasyShare for fast content transfer, including without mobile internet or wifi.


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In the dry residue

Funtouch OS works smartly, without lags and somenoticeable bugs. Including on not very powerful hardware, which is important. It has a lot of additional features, features and customization options to suit your preferences. Definitely interesting looks the abundance of gestures that can make life with a smartphone a little easier. Outwardly looks modern. It differs significantly visually from the “stock” Android, but, again, the appearance can also be customized.

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