Unlocked HTC U11 Life Receives Android Oreo Update in the US
The HTC U11 Life was announced on November 2 alongside HTC’s flagship HTC U11 Plus. While the latter’s yet to launch in all markets, the U11 Life hit store shelves earlier this year, including in the US. But there was a problem: In some countries, it shipped with an Android 7.1 Nougat-based version of Sense UI instead of an Android 8.0 Oreo-based one. Luckily, that’s changing for the better.
HTC promised that the U11 Life in the US would be updated to Android Oreo, and it’s finally making good on that promise. On Thursday, HTC Vice President of Product Management Mo Versi announced that Oreo would head to all unlocked variants of the smartphone starting November 30.
HTC u11 life unlocked customers! You're next with Oreo! It's available to download starting today! Thank you!
— Mo Versi (@moversi) November 30, 2017
It won’t start rolling out at once, though and unfortunately, HTC didn’t publish a changelog. As of publication time, we don’t know what’s new in the Oreo update, which bugs have been fixed, how many gigabytes in size the update is, or even which Android security patch is included. Here’s what we can speculate: Based on the fact that the unlocked HTC U11’s Oreo firmware was roughly 1GB and shipped with the November 1, 2017 security patch, the U11 Life’s update probably won’t be far off.
It’s also unclear if HTC enabled Project Treble in the Oreo update. Considering that the global U11 Life is an Android One smartphone and so is required to support Treble, it wouldn’t be surprising to see HTC enable it in the update for the Sense-based unlocked US variant, which could potentially enable much faster and simpler custom ROM development.
For the uninitiated, the HTC U11 Life has a 5.2-inch Full HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 SoC, either 3GB or 4GB of RAM (depending on the model), a 16MP camera, a 2,600mAh battery, and up to 64GB of internal storage. The unlocked variant costs $349 in the US.
Have you received the Oreo update on your unlocked HTC U11 Life device? If so, let us know in the comments whether Project Treble is enabled in the build.
Source: Mo Versi on Twitter