HTC recently confirmed the Android 8.0 Oreo update for multiple devices and today we want to go over everything we know so far. Not to mention updates are finally starting to roll out. This is the latest information on HTC Android Oreo updates for the HTC 10, HTC U11, HTC U Ultra and more.
Google’s Android 8.0 Oreo update is readily available after months of beta testing, and even Android 8.1 is coming in December. In the meantime, the original Android 8.0 Oreo upgrade will arrive for devices from popular Android manufacturers like HTC, Motorola, and Samsung. One of the first to market, however, is HTC.
HTC isn’t saying too much yet, although the company did share some key details on Twitter as it continues to work behind the scenes for the upcoming release. That said, we have a good idea of what to expect based on the latest news and recent HTC Android Nougat updates.
HTC Android Oreo Release Date
Let’s start with a few things we know about the HTC Android Oreo release date, and potential devices that will get it first. Then, we’ll share important information about what to expect.
During Google’s Android O announcement the search giant promised updates to the latest software before the end of the year for many of its partners. They included HTC in this list but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s coming right away. In fact, Android 8.0 Oreo is rolling out now for the HTC U11 in Taiwan, but we have no info regarding the US release.
However, a few days after Google’s announcement HTC confirmed the update for three of its latest smartphones. Sharing a small list of supported devices and stating that more information is coming soon.
We're excited to bring Android Oreo to HTC U11, HTC U Ultra, and HTC 10 owners worldwide! Details & additional devices to be announced soon.
— HTC USA (@HTCUSA) August 22, 2017
This confirms the HTC Android Oreo update for the popular HTC U11, U Ultra and the older HTC 10 from 2016. Right now only select users outside the US with the HTC U11 are getting Oreo. That said, in the coming weeks and months we expect more information to surface.
In 2016 HTC was one of the first to deliver the Android 7.0 Nougat update. It actually arrived in late November for some. Based on that, HTC owners can expect Oreo sometime within the next month or so, if not sooner.
Additionally, HTC built the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, and the new Pixel 2 running Android 8.0 Oreo. This should help the company offer updates to its own devices at a faster pace. Bookmark this page, as we’ll update it continuously as more information becomes available.
HTC Android Oreo Update: What’s New
HTC’s version of Android 8.0 Oreo won’t look identical to what’s available today on Google’s Nexus and Pixel phones and tablets. While HTC offers a nearly stock Android experience, most of it gets covered in Sense UI. The companies customized version of Android. Then, they add a suite of enhancements and additional features on top.
Google filled the Android 8.0 Oreo update with changes and new features. From a revamped notification system, cleaner notification pulldown bar, to quick-glance notification dots on app icons right on the homescreen. There’s also over 60+ new emoji, auto-fill for apps, picture-in-picture mode, improved security, and better battery life, to name a few. Most of the tweaks are behind the scenes, but it’s still a big software update.
Our guide above compares Android 8.0 Oreo to Android 7.0 Nougat that most HTC users are enjoying today. This will help you get familiar with some of the new features when you get Oreo.
That said, some are going to look different as HTC makes their own changes, while others could end up missing completely. Until the first few HTC Android Oreo updates start rolling out everything is a mystery. Just know the software should improve performance, battery life and deliver new features at the same time.
In closing, it’s worth stating that Google made one huge change to Oreo that will impact HTC devices moving forward. Android Oreo introduces a new feature called Project Treble which Google says will make it “easier, faster and less costly for manufacturers to update devices to a new version of Android.” So future updates beyond Oreo will arrive faster than ever before.
Will My HTC Phone Get Android Oreo?
HTC hasn’t released a list of supported devices that will get the Android 8.0 Oreo update. Well, not a complete list. So far the company has only confirmed three updates. We suspect others will get added to the list by the end of the year. Here are the ones we know about right now.
- HTC 10
- HTC U Ultra
- HTC U11
It’s possible that HTC will release Android Oreo for devices like the HTC Bolt, 10 Evo, HTC One M9 or HTC One A9, but that hasn’t been confirmed. Typically devices get updates for around 2 years from the day it’s released.
While you’re probably anxiously awaiting the update to Android 8.0 Oreo, that might not end up being what you get next. That’s because we could see Android 7.1.2, or the company might jump straight to Android 8.1 depending on when updates start coming to the US.
HTC continues to roll out security patches and improve its phones with each release, and that includes Android 7.1.1 or 7.1.2 Nougat.
With Android 8.0 Oreo officially here and 8.1 coming soon, nothing is 100% confirmed. Just know that updates are finally starting in select regions, and HTC will likely continue rolling out to other markets and more devices in the near future.