HTC confirms Android Oreo for HTC U11, U Ultra and 10

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.

source: HTC USA (Twitter)

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Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a Mazda MX-5 Miata, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three grown kids and a golden retriever.