When Vivo announced the iQOO sub-brand, it came with the proposal of launching gaming-oriented smartphones that are more affordable than regular Vivo smartphones. The brand grew in popularity and this made Vivo free iQOO from its ties. The next step would be launching a new exclusive software for iQOO smartphones and that happened with the iQOO 3 5G. Today, the company revealed the iQOO Neo 3 as the world’s cheapest Snapdragon 865-powered smartphone and it runs iQOO UI straight out of the box. The good news is that older iQOO smartphones will also receive the new interface through a future software update.
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According to iQOO’s announcement, the company will start to update the older handsets in mid-June. However, this seems to be covering only the Chinese market. The Global variants will likely receive it a few months after the Chinese versions. The iQOO UI will be based on Android 10 and should reach the iQOO Neo, Neo 855, Neo 855 Racing, and iQOO Pro. Although the 5G variant of iQOO Pro is absent of this list, we see no reason for the company to not update it.
All devices released in the last year are running an Android 9 Pie version of Funtouch OS. Vivo is not the best company when it comes to updating its software, however, it is trying to improve with the FunTouch OS 10 update. Let’s see how iQOO will operate in this aspect.