Samsung might be the global heavyweight in terms of hardware shipments but on the software front, it lags behind other OEMs. Here is an example. HTC just announced Android Oreo for the HTC U11. And we’re not talking about a beta program here. We’re talking about a serious stable Oreo update.
OMG, Oreo update is live for #HTCU11! (TW unit)
Totally didn't expect @htc to drop the update this early. ?
— Shimon Das (@shimonips) November 15, 2017
Though OnePlus, Nokia, and Samsung all have their beta programs up and running they have come second in the race for a stable build. HTC has done this before in the past when they promised stable Oreo updates within 90 days. But it also faltered on some occasions.
However, od note that the shiny HTC flagship with a squeezable edge will rock Oreo only in Taiwan. As of now, HTC vaguely has set a Q4 2017 deadline for the rest of the world. Next in line for Oreo treats is the U Ultra and HTC 10.
The recipients of this OTA package have described some renovation in Sense UI, stock OS improvements, and probably bug fixes. Moreover, it comes with the November Security patch. The update tips the scales at 1.33 GB.
Elsewhere, even more impressive is Sony’s feat. The company has managed to launch the Xperia XZ1 & XZ1 Premium with Android Oreo out of the box. No questions asked, no beta programs needed. Here’s to seeing, even more, flagships in December.