Google announced the latest iteration of its mobile OS, Android 8.0 Oreo earlier this week. Following the launch, reports of smartphones in line to receive the update started showing up. The latest to join the bandwagon is the HTC U11, HTC U Ultra and the HTC 10. This comes as a direct confirmation from HTC itself.
In a tweet directed to HTC USA (via Android Authority), the company was questioned on whether HTC 10 would get Android Oreo or not. HTC responded saying that Android Oreo would be rolled out to HTC U11, HTC U Ultra, and HTC 10 users globally. It also said that details on the update and more devices would be announced soon. The confirmation doesn’t come as surprise for the HTC U11 and the U Ultra as these are the latest smartphones by HTC, and run on Android 7.1.1 Nougat and Android 7.0 Nougat respectively.
HTC 10 was released last April with Android Marshmallow, but was quick enough to receive Android Nougat update within 95 days of its release. While a time frame hasn’t been confirmed, it shouldn’t take too long for HTC to roll out Android Oreo update considering its track record. With Android Oreo, some of the features the HTC smartphones include Picture-in-Picture mode, Notification Dots, Android Instant Apps, Longer battery life, Notification channel, among others. ALSO READ: HTC U11 review: Utopia in the making
Picture-in-Picture mode allows you to perform two tasks simultaneously like video chatting and using the calendar app. Notification dots act as a shortcut to view alerts without opening the app. Android Oreo devices will get Instant Apps pre-installed. It allows one to use apps directly from their browser avoiding the need of installation. With Notification channels, users will be able to make custom channels for notifications and modify alerts as well. ALSO READ: Android Oreo: Here’s a look at some of its sweetest features
Android Oreo has started rolling out to the first-in-line devices – Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel C and Nexus Player. More smartphones would join the lineup as Google has pushed the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) for Android Oreo. Smartphones like the Essential PH-1, Nokia 8, and the Samsung Galaxy S8 duo are expected to receive the update latest by the end of 2017. RELATED: Android Oreo: List of devices supported and OS rollout plan