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HTC to join Android One club with re-branded HTC U11 Life: Report

HTC U11 life with Android One will come with very few Sense 9.0 customization.

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HTC is reportedly the latest member to join the Android One club after Xiaomi and Motorola. The Taiwanese-smartphone maker is expected to launch a new smartphone based on Android One and we have also come across some early leaks of it. If reports are anything to go by, then HTC’s first Android One smartphone could be a rebranded HTC U11 Life.

According to developer LlabTooFeR, HTC Ocean_Life (codename for HTC U11 Life) will be released under the Android One program. The developer further tipped that as Android One is all about vanilla experience, the smartphone will run stock Android 8.0 Oreo with a minimal layer of Sense 9.0 A1 customizations. You can expect the smartphone with little or no bloatware from HTC. However, it will continue with some of the proprietary features like the EdgeSense, USonic, Zoe and HTC Camera.

Giving more ground to it, tipster Evan Blass confirmed the news to be true along with an image of the HTC U11 Life. In the image, the smartphone looks nothing like running a stock Android but HTC Sense OS. According to the tipsters, HTC U11 Life has reached EOL (end-of-life) which implies that the smartphone running Sense OS will not be marketed any further by the company. This paves the way for HTC Ocean Life to rebrand under the Android One program. ALSO READ: HTC U11 review: Utopia in the making

As per previous report, HTC U 11 Life is expected to come with a 5.2-inch full HD (1080p) display and a fingerprint scanner on the front. The smartphone is said to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 SoC. It will have 32GB of storage, further expandable up to 2TB via microSD card. In terms of optics, it is said to house a 16-megapixel camera on both front and back.

Android One is Google’s ambitious brainchild announced in the year 2014. However, the program seemed to be shelved until it was brought into action once again with Xiaomi Mi A1 was announced this month. Under the Android One program, Google and OEM work together on a device with no bloatware and just stock Android experience. Google takes charge of research and development of the product while manufacturing is taken care by the OEM.

These Android One smartphones primarily lie in the budget to affordable range offering fast security and improvement updates from Google. After Xiaomi Mi A1 launched in India, it is Motorola which is expected to soon launch the Moto X4 Android One smartphone in the US. Another smartphone maker to enter the Android One club this year is said to be LG.