Update: HTC has now confirmed that HTC U11 will get the update in Q4 2017. That’s not a surprise, as we already mentioned that in our previous writing here. Also, there is still no word on any of the two other devices.
We're excited to bring Android 8.0 to the HTC U11, U Ultra, & 10, beginning with U11 in Q4. Stay tuned for more Oreo details & new products! pic.twitter.com/B2Os1tOONP
— HTC USA (@HTCUSA) August 24, 2017
Android O finally became open source when it got named “Oreo”. And with that, Google passed on the responsibility of updates to OEM’s and carriers. And like previous years, HTC is the first to promise the new OS to its flagship lineup. Well, technically its an answer to a question on Twitter that brought the info to us. So, it’s not a post initiated by HTC itself. Hence, you could kind of call it semi-official confirmation.
We're excited to bring Android Oreo to HTC U11, HTC U Ultra, and HTC 10 owners worldwide! Details & additional devices to be announced soon.
— HTC USA (@HTCUSA) August 22, 2017
HTC said on its Twitter handle that Android Oreo will be coming to the HTC U11, HTC U Ultra, and HTC 10. But that’s it. There wasn’t any more detail in it. However, the tweet did go on to say that more devices and details are coming soon. Of course, there have to be more devices or HTC will be putting its name on the stake. We presume the HTC U Play, U 11 Life should be next in line for the honors.
Right now, the sorry state of Android fragmentation is such that only 15% devices run Android Nougat at best. HTC though has used bold words like “updates in 90 days” and all in the past, but it has faltered some times like in the case of One A9. With the HTC 10, last year’s flagships they were able to keep their word and it got Nougat quickly. They also did it for Marshmallow in 2015 with the A9 but couldn’t provide long time support.
As things stand, if we are the most optimistic, we can expect Oreo for the flagship HTC U11 in Q4 2017. Other devices will come after that. Although, nothing is set in stone when it comes to OS updates and it depends on many factors that can play spoilsport with user expectations.