This week HTC’s social media staff were busy working on responding to interested consumers who wanted to know what the company’s plans were for updating some of their more recent devices to Android 8.0 Oreo. Perhaps sensing it might be easier to issue a single statement instead of spending time on multiple responses, the company tweeted yesterday that the update would start rolling out during the fourth quarter of 2017 for the HTC U11, HTC U Ultra and HTC 10. This is a clarification on HTC’s previous statement which merely indicated Android Oreo would be landing on their last three flagship devices.
Some readers have noted that HTC appears to only be committing to getting the Android Oreo update started in 2017 for the HTC U11. The updates for the other devices may not hit until after 2018 starts, although they should not be far behind the HTC U11 so it probably depends a lot on when exactly during the quarter HTC is able to get things going.
Although the start of the fourth quarter is just over a month away, HTC should be in a similar position compared to other manufacturers in having had access to the preview builds for a few months now. That means much of the work should already be done. Besides the work Google has been doing to make the update process easier for third-parties to deploy, the use of preview builds is part of the strategy in getting the latest Android version on existing devices as quickly as possible.
We're excited to bring Android 8.0 to the HTC U11, U Ultra, & 10, beginning with U11 in Q4. Stay tuned for more Oreo details & new products! pic.twitter.com/B2Os1tOONP
— HTC USA (@HTCUSA) August 24, 2017
source: HTC USA (Twitter)