Screenshots: OPPO R11 Notifications Much Better Than R9s and R9s Plus

Oppo R11 running Color OS 3.1 on Android 7.1.1 has much improved notifications compared to the OPPO R9s but there are still some quirky aspects.

The OPPO R9s Color OS 3.0 based on Android 6.0 was annoying as some notifications didn’t appear reliably and to view currently queued up notifications you had to swipe down and then across.

I have taken screenshots during my OPPO R11 testing for the last 48 hours to show you how notifications work now with Color OS 3.1 based on Android Nougat 7.1.1 .

When you press the R11 power button to show the lock screen, swipe down from the top to show queued up notifications (left screenshot below). Annoyingly you can’t dismiss individual notifications quickly, you have to slide to the left and then press delete. To dismiss all queued up notifications at once, press the X at bottom of screen (right screenshot below).

From the lock screen swipe up from the bottom to show Quick Settings (left screenshot below). To improve your phone security you can turn off access to Control Panel in the Quick settings lock screen by going to Settings, Notification and status bar (right screenshot below).

Regarding the Quick Settings, there are extra options and Customisation available if you swipe right from the top and bottom of the Quick Settings popup.

While you’re using the R11 notifications of incoming SMS messages will look like the left screenshot below. As you can see in the right screenshot OPPO still does not allow you to change the default SMS application on the R11, even if you install other SMS applications they will not appear in the list of choices for default Messages app. This is disappointing 🙁

To make sure Fitbit notifications work reliably follow the steps as shown below. Open Fitbit app, press Account (bottom right), press the name and picture of your Device (Alta HR for me), press Notifications in the General section, and then Enable Notification Widget.

Overall the R11 handles Notifications and access to Quick Settings much better than the R9s and R9s Plus but the need to swipe and press to remove individual notifications is an unnecessary extra step compared to default Android 7.1.1.

One thought on “Screenshots: OPPO R11 Notifications Much Better Than R9s and R9s Plus”

  1. great – can we get this on the R9S?

    EDITOR: hopefully Yes *if* the R9s gets updated to Color Os 3.1 later this year

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