Google started off with the Android One project back in 2014. However, 3 years later, when many considered it to be a flop-show, it has suddenly found ‘second wind’. Google is now working on creating a number of new Android One smartphones with new partners. The latest such effort is likely to result in HTC’s Android One smartphone – HTC U11 Life.
In the past, Google had strict rules which governed what kind of hardware should be used in an Android One device. However, of late that has changed. We recently saw Xiaomi release the Xiaomi Mi A1 – Xiaomi’s first smartphone to not feature the MIUI. This was a big step up for Google as well as Xiaomi and more such partnerships are expected. The latest such partnership is with HTC as HTC may soon announce the HTC U11 Life.
This report of an HTC Android One device comes via HTC tipster LlabTooFeR who has been one of the most trusted names when it comes to HTC devices. Following LlabTooFeR’s report, Evan Blass shared an image of the upcoming HTC U11 Life smartphone.
Reports indicate that the HTC U11 Life would ruin on stock Android OS and will do away with all HTC-apps. However it would feature Edge Sense, Zoe and the HTC Camera. The phone is codenamed HTC Ocean Life.
HTC Ocean_Life will be released under Android One program. It will lose most of the HTC apps and run stock Android O with Sense 9.0_A1.
— LlabTooFeR (@LlabTooFeR) September 13, 2017
Upon release, it is expected that the HTC U11 Life would be exclusive to T-Mobile. The phone will feature a 5.2 inched display, 16 MP camera on the back as well as on the front, Snapdragon 630 processor and the squeezable edges we first saw on the HTC U11. In other news, HTC has been struggling and Google might be on it’s way to acquire the company.
In addition to the HTC U11 Life, Google is also trying to get Motorola branded Android One smartphones, with the Moto X4 most likely debuting in the US as an Android One device. Stay tuned with us for more updates on the HTC U11 Life.