HTC has confirmed its preliminary list of handsets that will be getting an Android 8.0 Oreo upgrade. All three devices on the list are recent flagships, but HTC promises that it will be adding additional devices “soon.”
Around 85 percent of Android devices in use today are yet to receive an Android 7.0 Nougat upgrade, but for those who have a recent smartphone, their focus is now on Oreo. Confirmed by Google earlier this week, the big upgrade brings features like picture-in-picture, notification dots, Instant Apps, background process limits, and lots more to improve performance and enhance the Android operating system.
As usual, Google’s own Pixel and Nexus devices will get Oreo first, but we should see it making its way to third-party devices by the end of the year. Some manufacturers, including BlackBerry, have already confirmed their early upgrade plans — and now HTC has put minds at rest for many of its fans by confirming that Oreo will be making its way to the HTC U11, the U Ultra, and the HTC 10.
The Taiwanese company is yet to provide a timeframe for the upgrade, so we don’t know when its first Oreo release will be available just yet. However, it promised on Twitter that “details and additional devices” will be announced soon.
Don’t be too disheartened if your HTC smartphone isn’t on that list just yet, then; as long as it’s a relatively recent device (less than 18 months old), there’s a very good chance you’ll be getting an Oreo upgrade at some point. But with HTC focusing on its flagship devices first, don’t expect to be updating to Android 8.0 until next year at the earliest.