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HTC to roll out Android 8.0 Oreo update for HTC U11, U Ultra, & 10

HTC reveals Android 8.0 Oreo timeline for HTC U11, U Ultra and HTC 10

On the other hand, several major smartphone manufacturers have also confirmed with Digital Trends which of their devices will get the Android Oreo update soon.

Android 8.0 Oreo is the official name of the eighth major version of Google's mobile operating system.The OS will soon be headed to several smartphones now running on Android Nougat, and who knows, maybe some will even jump straight to Android 8.0 Oreo from Android Marshmallow. The app will be available for the Google Pixel/XL, the Nexus 5X, and the Nexus 6P, with the only prerequisite being that the device is running Android O.

Google's Android 8.0 comes with some new features like "Picture-in-Picture mode", which will let users watch a YouTube video, do a video chat, etc while keeping another app open. If waiting for OTA is not your style, you can download the Android 8.0 Oreo image files, though you will lose all the data in the process.

The first from the list, HTC U11, now runs on Android 7.1 Nougat out-of-the-box with HTC Sense UI atop, whereas HTC U Ultra now operates on Android 7.0 Nougat with HTC Sense UI atop. However, a smartphone has to be registered to the Android Beta Program to be able to participate in the testing stage.

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Besides the HTC U11, the company has confirmed release of Android Oreo update to HTC U Ultra and HTC 10. However, folks over at XDA and other developers announced they will do away with those requirements, since they managed to get themes working for any Android 8.0 Oreo device.

Furthermore, the company also tweeted that "details" regarding the roll out and "additional devices" will soon be shared with the customers.

Another tweet mentioned that the update will be rolled out to all the HTC users worldwide. What is known at the moment is that OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T will get the software update, as well as Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6.

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