[REVIEW] Flyme OS 6 G - first impressions on beta

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A few days ago Meizu released global beta version of their newest mobile system. Flyme OS 6 were sent to the closed group of beta testers and I have pleasure to be one of them. I’ve been using this system for 5 days already on my Meizu Pro 6 and I want to share my impression with you.

Bugs in Flyme OS 6.6.12.30

This is the first beta of Flyme OS 6 Global so I knew from the begining, that it will be full of bugs. At the first glance we can find that developers didn’t implement everything that should to be in system. The biggest bug already found is lack of lock screen (you just can’t lock screen). But developers announced that in next two days there should be update with this particular bug fixed. Also devs didn’t implemented new version of Weather, Pedometer and Themes Application. There are also some minor bugs, that should be fixed in future updates.

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Design


Flyme OS was redesigned. Now it is more colorful than previous versions. I would say it is more pleasing to the eye. Flyme OS 5 was good, but in my opinion it was very “boring” and grey. Now developers added more fancy animations (that doesn’t affect the speed of firmware, it’s great) and implemented new icons, i.e. in settings. I heared few comments, that Flyme OS 6 now looks more like MIUI, because of new font and colorful icons.

Changes touched also system applications that received new design. Settings have coloured icons in the list and was a bit rearranged to allow easier navigation. Clock in World Time view display selected place on the map. Camera app now is looking like developers took it straight from iOS.

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Other very visible design change is new task manager, that also looks a bit like iOS one. In new version recent applications can be browsed horizontally (in Flyme OS 5 it was vertically) and “close all” button is now on below of the screen. Additionally when we swipe app to the top we can kill it, but when we swipe it to bottom we have 3 options to chose – make private (it won’t be visible for guests and be blurred), open as multiple window app or lock it (task manager won’t kill it).

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Besides from changes above there are added about 400 new animations, that makes user experience of Flyme OS better than ever.

Implemented suggestions and fixed bugs

Flyme OS developers added in new firmware many suggestions collected from users. There is better toggle management in notifications panel and volume control is changed to be better in use. In Flyme OS 6 new notification inbox appeared, that contains common notifications so they don’t disturb us anymore.

Developers also fixed the most important bug that was in Flyme OS for over 1 year – problem with notifications. Now all apps are sending push notifications without delays.

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Meizu made a step forward

As you can see Flyme OS is getting better and better with any version. Of course that aren’t all changes that were made to this system, but some of new functions haven’t been implemented to Global firmware version yet. I hope Meizu will listen to their users more than for last year and make Flyme OS one of the best Android based systems. As for now Flyme OS 6 is a step forward to achieve this goal.