As the Android 8.0 Oreo update for the HTC U11 continues to elude the device in Europe, HTC UK recently took to Twitter to issue an apology for the software’s delay in the region. According to an official Tweet posted by the OEM, the rollout in Europe has been delayed due to “some complexities” that haven’t been detailed. HTC was unable to give a concrete timeframe for when the situation might change but did promise more information on the matter will be shared as soon as possible.
The initial Android 8.0 Oreo rollout for the HTC U11 began in mid-November when the firmware was limited to the company’s home country of Taiwan. HTC was relatively quick to push the update beyond the Taiwanese borders and roughly two weeks after its initial debut, the firmware began rolling out on unlocked variants in the United States and other regions, with more units following over the course of the next several weeks. Evidently, HTC U11 owners in Europe were expecting the Oreo update to land in their countries by now, and apparently, HTC did the same judging by its recent apology.
The HTC U11 was officially launched in the summer of 2017 running Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box. It fits in the high-end market segment and boasts a 5.5-inch Super LCD5 panel with a resolution of 2,560 by 1,440 pixels, a conventional 16:9 aspect ratio, and a pixel density of roughly 534 pixels per inch. The smartphone’s edges are sensitive to pressure thanks to a technology employed by HTC called Edge Sense; the same type of solution that was later used by Google for the Pixel 2 series, albeit under a different name. The HTC U11 is driven by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset which features the Adreno 540 GPU and either 4GB or 6GB of RAM. A 12-megapixel camera resides on the glossy back panel of the smartphone, whereas the front-facing sensor is of the 16-megapixel variety. The arrival of Android 8.0 Oreo should further improve the user experience with new UI elements and additional features, as well as better performance and stability. HTC may announce new Android devices come late February when MWC 2018 is set to take place.