HTC U11 may get two more major updates beyond Android O


Officially announced a couple of days ago, the HTC U11 will be released in the US (and other markets) in early June, coming with Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box.

Like most high-end Android smartphones launched in recent times, the U11 should receive major software updates for about 2 years after hitting shelves. This means that the handset should be updated to Android O (once Google releases it - sometime in late summer), as well as to the next version of the platform - Android P, which will likely arrive in the second half of 2018.

Talking to Trusted Reviews, Chailin Chang, president of smartphones and connected devices at HTC, confirmed that the U11 would get "updates to the next two versions of Android" - no surprise here.

What's interesting is that, according to Trusted Reviews, Chailin Chang further mentioned that HTC "may extend support to the next three versions of Android" for the U11. However, this "will depend on the hardware and software demands of the version [...] and if it will bring value to the consumer." In other words, sometime in 2019, the HTC U11 might be updated to Android Q, though this will ultimately depend on what Google has in mind for Android Q.

Of course, a lot of things can (and will) change until 2019, but it's quite nice to hear that HTC is considering supporting the U11 beyond the regular 2-year software update plans.

Meanwhile, in case you want to take a closer look at this brand new HTC flagship phone, check out our U11 hands-on.

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  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 16 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(24.5h 3G talk time)

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16 Comments

1. qolamreza

Posts: 61; Member since: Jul 01, 2015

This is the best news if they just confirm that

2. tyrion_lannister unregistered

I personally think 2 updates is enough for most people. Suppose you buy a phone in 2017. You get android Nougat installed in the phone. You get android O in late 2017/early 2018 and android P in late 2018/early 2019. By 2019, your phone is already 2 years old and most people will sell it by then/their contract expires/battery goes to trash. Even if you use it for one more year(2020), there is no point of getting an update 3 years into the lifespan since almost no one who cares about updates will be using the phone for 4th year. Yes, more updates are better and I would prefer 3 years of support instead of 2. But you should get the fact that this requires money and resources to do, and hence will drive up the price of the phone for something you will never need.

3. jellmoo

Posts: 2585; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Remember their promises about the A9? Don't trust HTC when it comes to talk of updates.

4. lallolu

Posts: 732; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

My thoughts exactly. I don't trust HTC is they said they will definitely update a phone, not to talk of when the say 'may'. Hopefully they give 2 major OS updates.

8. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

yea what about it? I have one and it's updated through April...my 10, updated...

12. jellmoo

Posts: 2585; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

They promised to update the device within 15 days of software release by Google. Did you you happen to get Nougat within 15 days? If you did, you are literally the only person.

10. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

And that phone was already garbage from day one

5. rebretz

Posts: 114; Member since: Dec 26, 2011

Only two things that are keeping me from buying the HTC U11. 1) Waiting to see the Nokia 9 or Nokia 8 2) The Google Pixel 2

6. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Android Q? Wow, HTC is being very optimistic. :)

7. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

All companies should just say they will like Apple does and just change the number. This old iPhones that got stripped of Siri and stuff, did they really get updated to the latest or just get sone crappy patch update? I think it's more of the latter but the isheep and the media lap it up and use it against Android. Is time to stop falling for the Apple tactics.

9. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

God you're desperate...

13. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Desperate? Eh? How do figure? I don't think sheep so I don't follow.

11. A_A_A

Posts: 222; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

Oh really? Let's see first when they update it Android O....

14. .KRATOS.

Posts: 442; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Well no one beats Apple in the updates regard

15. LiveFaith

Posts: 464; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

In before "Galaxy on Fire runs best on a Note 7”.

16. Sale247

Posts: 72; Member since: May 08, 2014

Well I trust them,because I have M9 and got updates to Marshmallow and Nougat. And got Nougat 1. day of february...

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