Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

HTC U11 Life Might Be HTC's First Android One Device

HTC U11 Life Might Be HTC's First Android One Device

A new rumor is circulating claiming that HTC will be coming out with its first ever Android One smartphone.

The tweet also reveals that running a near-stock Android build will also see HTC remove a bunch of their pre-installed apps from the phone. HTC is also reportedly building a version of their upcoming U11 Life smartphone that will run stock Android, albeit with a few extra software features tacked on. Another leakster, Evan Blass confirmed the report and added an image of the alleged phone and the name HTC U11 Life.

Android One is Google's initiative to create smartphones that are targeted at emerging markets.

IBT first reported about an HTC Ocean Life smartphone back in July, and information about the device at the time was also provided by LlabTooFeR. Though HTC's major releases are flagship devices, leaks have indicated that the company is targeting the bottom of the pyramid with a new Android One device.

The device should also include 16-megapixel/16-megapixel camera combo, IP67 certification and the company's USonic earbuds with active noise cancellation. For that, many Indian-Chinese brands have joined their hands with the Internet Giant to make several devices, which had gotten the updates very faster and had the direct support from Google's Android Official team. This is the same thing that Xiaomi did for the Mi A1, which was just a rebranded version of the Mi 5X.

Coincidentally, HTC isn't the only manufacturer rumored to release its own Android One phone.

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