Although Realme plans to develop independently of its parent company OPPO, the two companies use the same foundation internally when it comes to customizing Android. So far, the Realme UI is still packaged on top of OPPO’s ColorOS. In fact, Realme still uses OPPO’s proprietary OZIP file format to wrap up its update packages. Not only do you need to extract the AES key from these OZIP packages to convert it to a traditional retrieved flash zip file, but you can’t use them directly to reset the phone using the standard Fastboot interface.
The custom development community around Realme devices has grown exponentially, mainly because they have revolutionized the low cost in the smartphone field. Realme released the kernel source code and allowed the bootloader to be unlocked, which played a powerful motivating role in the post-market development scenario. Currently, an early version of the Realme Flash tool is already available for download, and the Realme X50 Pro is currently the only compatible device.
It should be noted that this tool does not support downgrading to lower Android version, but if basic Android does not change, you should be able to switch to lower version of ColorOS or Realme UI. Contrary to Realme’s claims, it’s not just about Windows tools specifically related to Realme X50 Pro. You should also be able to use this flash tool to flash any Snapdragon or MediaTek powered Realme phone. But only if you have the appropriate OFP package. The company plans to add more phones from its product portfolio to the list of supported devices by releasing the required OFP files in the future.
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