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HTC U11 owners start tasting Android 8.0 Oreo

by Justin Herrick | November 27, 2017November 27, 2017 1:00 pm PST

If you own the HTC U11, prepare yourself for a major software update arriving this week. The Taiwanese company confirmed that its 2017 flagship, the U11, is now getting Android 8.0 Oreo. It’ll be the unlocked model getting the software update first, and then carrier variants are next.

The announcement was made by Mo Versi, a longtime HTC employee known for sharing the status of different software updates. He confirmed Oreo’s impending release for the U11, and owners of the phone are reporting its arrival today.

Google released Android 8.0 Oreo more than three months ago, but barely any devices are running it. The latest version of Android is currently installed on just six phones and tablets worldwide. Among the hardware with Oreo right now are Google’s Pixel and Pixel 2, Sony’s Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ2 Compact, and OnePlus’ 2016 flagship. Other than that small group, Oreo is hard to find on the vast majority of Android devices.

HTC’s always been reliable in getting software updates out on the faster side. While Samsung takes more than six months to get a major software update out (and often skips minor ones), HTC tries to keep pace with Google. It doesn’t get software updates onto phones within weeks, but a few months is good enough. Just don’t expect big visual changes, though. Oreo doesn’t reinvent Android’s look, and HTC’s Sense used atop of the mobile operating system will stay put. Almost everything included in Oreo is under the hood.

Those of you who don’t own the U11 can buy one through Amazon for $649. It’s not a discounted price, but it’s lower than what other companies like Google and Apple charge for their high-end phones. HTC made a beautiful phone that nails the essentials while not attaching a near-$1,000 price tag.

Justin Herrick

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