Realme UI 3.0 Atop Android 12 Is Out: Hands-on Experience

realme ui 3 android 12
realme UI 3.0 based on Android 12 is finally official and good lord, am I so excited to share my experience with all of you readers! So, I have been testing realme’s latest software for quite a few days on my realme GT. But before getting into all the nitty gritties, I would like to point out one thing though that the software doesn’t look and feel anything like what you get with Android 12 on Google Pixel smartphones. With that said, at first boot when I did look at the homescreen and app drawer, I was like, is this just a fresh coat of paint? Well, it’s only when I started exploring, I realised the slew of changes and features, the new realme UI 3.0 packs. 
 
In this article, let’s take a closer look at the key features and changes that you get with realme UI 3.0, and more specifically, how have things evolved from realme UI 2.0. But first, please take a look at the early access rollout schedule of the new software. 

realme UI 3.0: Update Roadmap

  • October 2021 — realme GT

  • December 2021 — realme X7 Max, realme GT Master Edition, realme GT Neo2 5G, realme 8 Pro

  • Q1, 2022 — realme X50 Pro 5G, realme 8 4G, realme C25s, realme 7 Pro, Narzo 30, Narzo 50A, realme X7 Pro, realme C25, realme 8i

  • Q2 2022 — realme X7, realme 8 5G, Narzo 30 Pro 5G, realme X3, realme 8s, Narzo 30 5G, realme X3 SuperZoom, realme 7 5G


New Features in realme UI 3.0

  • Fluid Space Design: Yes, that’s what realme is calling the new software experience in realme UI 3.0. But beyond the name, what this does is bring more customisation options, theming options and colours to the table. For example, you can now set your phone’s theme based on the colours of the wallpaper. This basically lets you pick the colours from your current wallpaper to match the UI elements. But of course, you can also choose from the new available presets. Apart from this, the icons in the settings menu now have a circular background that matches the entire look and feel of the UI. In fact, these so-called 3D icons have received subtle changes that make them look more distinguishable this time around. Apart from this, system apps feel roomier and introduce more rounded elements. Take for instance apps like Camera, My Files, Photos etc. The font appears to be sleeker and better. Overall, things look polished, clean, evolved and cohesive.
  • Sketchpad Always-On Display: This new feature simply turns the lockscreen wallpaper into a beautiful sketch whenever the Always-On Display shows up. In fact, you can also choose a different wallpaper for the AOD sketch, other than your current lockscreen wallpaper. I think this is one of the best and innovative implementations of an AOD, and I simply love it.

    sketchpad AOD

  • AI Smooth Engine: Now, realme UI 2.0 already felt smooth and fluid when it came to the animations and transitions. But trust me on this that the UI feels faster and smoother than before. Yes, there’s more to it than the fancy name. For instance, I absolutely love the new lockscreen animation whenever you tap the AOD and the screen lights up, I think that’s dope. Apart from this, whenever you long-press on the homescreen, the wallpaper becomes translucent and the quick settings carousel from realme UI 2.0 is now a set of icons, which again looks better. Besides, as I mentioned, system-wide animations and transitions feel smoother if not faster than before.
  • OMOJI: realme UI 3.0 is also set to get OMOJI, which is basically an alternative to what Memoji that you find on iPhones’. Now during my testing, I couldn’t find the OMOJI app installed in realme UI 3.0. Of course, the feature would make its way to future versions of the software. For now, I guess, we’ll have to wait and see.

    omoji

  • Privacy: This is again one key area that realme is focusing on with the latest software. So, there’s now a Privacy Dashboard that lets you precisely check which app has used your location, camera or microphone in the past 24 hours. Besides, you can also enable Privacy Indicator that will give you an idea whenever an app is accessing your phone’s camera or microphone. Apart from this, Private Picture Share lets you remove your location and other sensitive data from media files before sharing them. Additionally, realme UI 3.0 also brings the Approximate Location option, so that you can control whether an app uses your approximate or precise location.

    privacy

  • Phone Manager: The Phone Manager has received a major upgrade and is now so much more than just a system optimizer. At the bottom, you now get a Tools tab, which basically brings your device’s safety, security, privacy options along with special features in one place. For instance, you want to run system diagnostics, you go to Device & data security and select Diagnostics. Similarly, you want to access your Private Safe, you select it from Privacy.
  • Floating Window 2.0: The Smart Sidebar has a dedicated menu in the Settings, so it was about time, Floating Window also had one of its own. And while its look and feel is more or less the same, actually, I once again love how rounded corners have been implemented all across the UI. So, the good part here is that users can now see tutorials for the floating window functionality. And on top of everything, the feature feels more intuitive than before. You now have more resizing options, you can now double-tap to make a window go full-screen, you can quickly hide a window with a swipe and throw to the side, there’s a new share files function and more.

    floating window

  • Simple mode: The new Simple Mode is quite literally simpler than the old one. So, it is not just a simple menu and enlarged icons, but the Simple mode actually feels like a proper mode. For instance, the settings menu is custom-made for the simple mode and doesn’t look like a mess that you get in realme UI 2.0. Not to forget, it is so much easier to exit Simple mode in realme UI 3.0 than before. You simply hit the Settings icon and tap Exit, rather than going into Settings and looking for Simple mode until you find it in realme UI 2.0.

    simple mode

  • Work as One: Finally, realme UI 3.0 also brings seamless connectivity if you happen to have a realme Book Slim. This basically means you can now enjoy better services and integration between your phone and your laptop. Things like opening and using your phone apps on your laptop, interacting with notifications, instant file transfer, copy and paste functionality and more. 

    realme book slim

And these were the key changes and new features that you now get in realme UI 3.0, of course, you’ll need an eligible realme phone to test the trial software. You can check the list of eligible devices and the update roadmap above. Share your thoughts and queries about the new software in the comments below. If you’ve made it this far, thank you for reading. Have a great day ahead! 
 

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