The HTC U11 could receive the highly anticipated Android 8.0 Oreo update within the next several weeks, according to a recent report passed along on Twitter by industry insider @LlabTooFeR claiming that the software package is now reaching the final stages of development. In light of this, the source expects the rollout to commence sometime before the end of November or in early December at the latest.
As yet the HTC U11 runs the same OS version as it did at launch, namely Android 7.1 Nougat, however the Taiwanese tech company had previously confirmed that the device will receive an update to Android Oreo, and although no exact timeframes have been revealed, the company did confirm that the update is planned for release on three smartphone models, including the HTC 10, the U Ultra, and of course the HTC U11 at hand. It now seems that the more recent premium device could take priority over the other two models and become the first from the trio to make the jump to Google’s most recent version of Android OS. As for what changes will be brought to the table by the upcoming release, Android 8.0 Oreo aims to improve the multitasking experience with the addition of Picture-in-Picture mode, and promises faster boot up times and better overall performance and battery life. There are several changes to the user interface as well, with Notification Dots being one of the most obvious additions, allowing users to quickly preview app notifications and additional bits of information directly from their home screen shortcuts. However HTC smartphones generally come with the company’s proprietary user interface covering most of the stock UI, so it remains to be seen exactly how HTC’s Sense Android skin will evolve following the next major update.
Meanwhile, HTC is preparing for a new unveiling event set to take place on November 2nd, where it’s been previously rumored that the company will take the veil off at least one HTC U11 variant, specifically the HTC U11 Plus or the U11 Life. The latter was also previously rumored to launch with stock Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box in some cases, while in other markets the device would take advantage of the company’s proprietary Sense 9.0 UI.