HTC didn’t bring us beta version of its Oreo update, but that doesn’t mean they were not actively working on to release Android 8.0 OTA as soon as they can. In fact, they began rolling out Oreo for the U11 users in Taiwan from 15 Nov 2017, and now have Oreo treat available for the users in Europe too since 27 Nov 2017.
HTC earlier took to twitter to announce that they were preparing Oreo update for their flagship devices (U11, U Ultra and 10), and since then they have performed pretty good — even releasing the U11 Plus with Android 8.0 pre-installed.
"We're excited to bring Android Oreo to HTC U11, U Ultra, and HTC 10 worldwide! Details & additional devices to be announced soon." – @htc
— HTC Bro (@htcbro) August 22, 2017
HTC Android 8.0 update list
The likes of U11, U Ultra and HTC 10 are among the first devices to get 8.0 update from the company, as HTC confirmed earlier, but they would be followed by some of the releases from year 2017. Here’s how the HTC Oreo update roadmap looks like at the moment.
|Device||Oreo Update Eligibility||Expected Release Date|
|HTC 10||Eligible||January 2018|
|HTC 10 evo||Eligible||Q2 2018|
|HTC Bolt||Eligible||Q2 2018|
|HTC 10 Lifestyle||Eligible||Q1 2018|
|HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle||Not eligible||—|
|HTC Desire 10 Pro||Not eligible||—|
|HTC Desire 530||Not eligible||—|
|HTC Desire 625||Not eligible||—|
|HTC Desire 628||Not eligible||—|
|HTC Desire 630||Not eligible||—|
|HTC Desire 650||Not eligible||—|
|HTC Desire 728 Ultra||Not eligible||—|
|HTC Desire 825||Not eligible||—|
|HTC Desire 830||Not eligible||—|
|HTC One A9s||Not eligible||—|
|HTC One M9 Prime Camera||Not eligible||—|
|HTC One S9||Not eligible||—|
|HTC One X10||Not eligible||—|
|HTC U Play||Eligible||Q1 2018|
|HTC U Ultra||Eligible||December 2017|
|HTC U11||Released||15 November 2017|
|HTC U11 Life||NA||Pre-installed|
The table above shows a list of devices that could get Android 8.0 update from HTC, and also includes some popular phones that won’t.
Let’s talk the Oreo rollout for these devices in some more context.
HTC U11 Oreo update
Update [November 28, 2017]: The software version of the Oreo update for unlocked HTC U11 handsets in the US is 2.31.617.2, and it runs 1.28GB. The Android 8.0 OTA also packs in November 2017 security patch but of course, the show here is 8.0 OS.
Update [November 27, 2017]: HTC is now pushing the Oreo update for the U11 users across Europe, and it’s expected to hit the UA too today only. The software version for the European U11 Oreo build is 2.31.400.6, and we would bring you the version for the US, along with firmware links soon as and when they become available.
Update [November 15, 2017]: There was no beta program for the HTC’s Oreo update, and although it may have troubled some people when Samsung and OnePlus began pushing the Oreo beta for their flagship devices, but guess what, HTC is now one of the first OEMs — only second to Sony — in releasing the stable Android 8.0 Oreo update to the public. Coming in as version 2.31.709.1, the update has been confirmed to hit users in Taiwan. The U11 users in the US could see the update rollout soon too, as their are no carrier restrictions now that hold up the update rollout a little. If you’re using the U11 in USA, keep watching this space.
Update [October 24, 2017]: Rumors have it that we can expect the HTC to hand us Oreo for our U11 sets before end of November, or within first few weeks of December. Which is awesome! It’s not clear whether this is beta or stable Oreo rollout, but we’re kinda sure that it’s stable version being talked here. FYI, Sony today released the Oreo update for its XZ Premium, beating all other Android OEMs as regards stable release of Oreo — as OnePlus too have released Oreo for their OnePlus 3 and 3T, but only in beta version.
Release in the US and Europe: Well, expect the U11 Android 8.0 to hit users worldwide in next few weeks, provided everything remains smooth, and thus HTC doesn’t have to halt the update. We were expecting HTC to hand us Oreo sometime in December, but they have well exceeded our expectations. What about you?
HTC U11 Life Oreo update
Expected release date: NA (Pre-installed)
HTC would also offer us a handset under the Android One program, like the Xiaomi Mi A1 and Motorola Moto X4. Theirs will be dubbed as U11 Life, and man, if its gets the shiny back that dons the back of U11, we would have to think hard why not just get this device, especially when it would have software handled directly by Google — thus faster Android P update, yeah! — and would still have cool features from HTC, like camera app tricks, squeeze, etc.
The HTC U11 Life specs leak revealed that we should expect the device to come with Android 8.0 pre-installed. So if you were looking for a mid-range HTC device with Oreo, here you have it.
HTC U Ultra Oreo update
Expected release date: December 2017
Many refer to the HTC U Ultra and U Play as filler-handsets that HTC needed to fill the gap between its release of two flagship handsets in HTC U11 (year 2017) and HTC 10 (year 2016). The January launch was pretty odd too, as they didn’t fit in the latest processor available at the moment but did give the U Ultra a shiny back to make it a bit unique than most phones available in the market. And HTC did price its U Ultra very, very pricey for that. Basically, it treated them like flagships, and that should continue with software update in Oreo too.
Expect the HTC U Ultra Android 8.0 rollout to happen a while after the rollout is finished for the unlocked variants of HTC U11. That’s why December 2017 release looks likely, but we won’t be surprised if the date is pushed to January 2018 somehow. Sometimes, they have to halt the update if a major bug is discovered, which also results in major delay.
HTC U10 Oreo update
Update [October 24, 2017]: Reports have emerged that we are not likely to see HTC release Oreo for the HTC 10 sets this year. However, the good news is that we can expect the Android 8.0 update to land in early 2018. We are hoping for January 2018 release, which seems easily achievable for HTC, as they are expected to begin the 8.0 rollout for U11 sometime towards the end of November 2017.
Expected release date: Q1 2018
One would hope for a quicker release of Android Oreo for HTC 10, mainly because HTC mentioned the Oreo for 10 in the same breadth as it did for the U11 and U Ultra. That however, doesn’t look like happening in our book.
We are sure HTC 10 Android 8.0 update will be delivered swiftly by HTC, without must delay really, but we wouldn’t hold out for release in 2017. A January-February 2018 release looks practically more achievable for the company.
HTC One M9 Oreo update
Expected release date: Not eligible
Sadly, the old flagship from HTC that one of the most top handsets of its time won’t get a jump to 8.0.
OEMs have a two year update policy, except for the security patch OTAs, and now that One M9 falls into this category, it’s only fair on HTC’s part to drop support for One M9 for an update like Oreo.
Though, you can be hopeful that a One M9 LineageOS 15 ROM brings Oreo to the device, as even though the ROM is yet to hit official channel, it’s already bringing Oreo to lots of devices. Chekc out our LineageOS 15 release date and device list article here.
HTC One M7 and One M8 Oreo update
Expected release date: Not eligible
One M7 and One M8 as pretty old flagships that won’t get any Oreo love, Sorry!
But, as you might have guessed it, the LineageOS 15 ROM, or any other ROM like Cardinal AOSP, can bring the Android 8.0 support to M7 and M8.
HTC Bolt Oreo update
Expected release date: Q2 2018
Also known as HTC 10 Evo outside US, the HTC Bolt finds its place in the list of HTC device eligible for Oreo update.
Though, do not expect the Android 8.0 OTA to arrive any soon — as a benchmark, keep track of rollout for HTC U11, and HTC 10, as only when HTC is done with these two, they would start working on the Oreo rollout for HTC Bolt, aka HTC 10 Evo.
HTC devices not eligible for Oreo
Here’s a list of HTC devices that won’t get Oreo 8.0 OTA.
- HTC One X10
- HTC Desire 650
- HTC Desire 10 Pro
- HTC Desire 10 Compact
- HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle
- HTC One A9s
- HTC Desire 728 Ultra
- HTC Desire 628
- HTC One M9 Prime Camera
- HTC Desire 830
- HTC One S9
- HTC Desire 825
- HTC Desire 630
- HTC Desire 530
- HTC Desire 625
- HTC One X9
- HTC One M9s
- HTC Desire 828 dual sim
- HTC Desire 728 dual sim
- HTC One E9s dual sim
- HTC Butterfly 3
- HTC One A9
- HTC One M9+ Supreme Camera
- HTC Desire 626 (USA)
- HTC Desire 626s
- HTC Desire 526
- HTC Desire 520
- HTC One ME
- HTC Desire 820G+ dual sim
- HTC Desire 326G dual sim
- HTC One M9+
- HTC One M8s
- HTC One E9+
- HTC One E9
HTC Android 8.0 update: UI changes
HTC has trimmed down its customizations by solid margin in last few years, and we expect the company to continue with minimal sort of Sense UI with Oreo too.
Even though their Oreo update wouldn’t look like stock UI we see on Pixel, it would work similarly for the most part as it will be little theming that UI alterations that will be part of Sense UI on Oreo. And that is a very good thing.
What else, you shall continue to enjoy their proprietary features, like Zoe camera, with the Oreo OS too. While, all features and improvements Google introduced in Oreo will definitely be part of update: You will get picture-in-picture mode, Autofill, Notification Snooze, Instant Apps, faster device restart, Adaptive icons, and solid and stable system that would save greta on battery and perform well at the same time.
So, what are your thoughts on the HTC device list of Oreo supported devices?