Taiwanese handset maker HTC had promised Android Oreo update for its flagship, the U11, earlier this year. According to a tweet from HTC Vice President of Product Management Mo Versi, Android 8.0 Oreo upgrade for the HTC U11 will start hitting unlocked variants of the flagship starting tomorrow, November 27th.
Mr. Versi didn’t specify which countries will be prioritized by the upcoming rollout and how long is the entire process expected to take, though Android 8.0 Oreo may not be available on all unlocked units of the device until early 2018.
Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. The Oreo OS update will be available for download on the HTC u11 unlocked version starting on Monday! Enjoy!
— Mo Versi (@moversi) November 25, 2017
He said “It’s coming soon.” Mo also said HTC is working with Sprint to get the Oreo update out to U11 owners on that carrier “as quickly as possible.” Android Oreo coming to the HTC U11, HTC U Ultra, and HTC 10. In the reply thread to his tweet, Mo confirms that the U11 Life will also get the Oreo update.
Owners of unlocked HTC U11 units will be notified about the availability of the update via a push notification which will provide them with the option of instantly triggering the installation or scheduling it to be performed overnight. The initial version of the firmware distributed in Taiwan was approximately 1.3GB in size and the global build of the OS is likely to be around that same weight mark, though HTC has yet to detail the software in any capacity.
For the uninitiated, Google’s latest mobile operating system Android 8.0 Oreo brings faster boot times, notification dots, auto fill and smart text selection, settings redesigned, revamped Google Now, picture in picture mode, and Google Play music notifications.
The highlight feature of the U11 is the Edge Sense feature that allows users to perform various functions with the handset by simply squeezing it from the sides.
Coming to specifications, it sports a 5.5-inch Quad HD Super LCD display and is powered by a 2.45GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC coupled with 6GB of RAM. It packs 128GB of built-in storage, which is expandable via microSD card (up to 2TB). It sports a 12-megapixel rear camera with f/1.7 aperture, dual-LED flash, slow-motion, and 4K video recording. At the front, there’s a 16-megapixel camera. It packs a 3000mAh battery.