HTC joins Google's Android One program with U11 Life
Google has confirmed that HTC has been enlisted as the latest partner in their push of affordable Android One devices, the device in question is recently announced HTC U11 Life. The Search giant promises the device to be a potent mix of immersive audio and powerful camera. Like the other Android One devices such as Xiaomi A1 and Moto X4, the U11 Life will come with Google Assistant.
What sets it apart from the aforesaid devices is the fact that it will be the first Android Oreo 8.0 powered phone amongst the Android One range. It has also retained HTC’s EdgeSense technology which summons Google Assistant upon a gentle squeeze on side of the phone.
The phone comes with a 16MP snapper with HDR Boost technology that combines multiple images to create an image which is less noisy and detailed even in low light scenarios.
As with the other Android One phones, it will receive monthly security patches and updates directly from Google and is promised to be updated to Android P, when it is released.
HTC’s partnership with Google is old and long, it started as early as the very first Android Phone ever i.e. T-Mobile G1 (codenamed HTC Dream) launched which was manufactured by the Taiwanese giant and continued with Nexus One, Pixel, Pixel XL and more recently Pixel 2.
In fact, the recent billion dollar sale of HTC’s Pixel development team to Google made ripples as far as understanding the narrative of their relationship is concerned.
With HTC joining the bandwagon of manufacturers associated with Android One, here is a hoping that more manufacturers join in, and there becomes a choice for consumers who want to experience vanilla Android on a wide range of devices.
HTC U11 Life is first launching in Germany for 379,00€ (Rs 28,495), with the device expanding to Europe and Asia-Pacific later this year and into 2018.