As far as design and specs go, the HTC U11+, which HTC just announced today, was apparently going to be released under a very different brand.
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Today, as expected, HTC officially announced its newest flagship smartphone, the U11+.
If you’re a fan of HTC and were hoping the company would have one more phone to announce this year, it looks like you may have something to look forward to.
HTC found a success in the U11 flagship smartphone, and the rumor mill has suggested for awhile now that the company could have a direct follow up heading down the pipe.
After years of working together on various smartphones and tablets, Google and HTC today announced that they have entered into a “definitive agreement” which will see certain HTC employees join Google. The agreement also provides Google with non-exclusive access to HTC’s Intellectual Property (IP). Google will be paying HTC $1.1 billion in return for this agreement.
HTC has seen better days, and while the company’s latest flagship smartphone has been doing well, the company is still considering a variety of options to help improve its situation.
Google officially announced Android 8.0 Oreo just a few days ago. Naturally, the updates will first make their way to the Pixel and Nexus smartphones. Many were wondering as to which OEM will be the first to offer the update. Well, it seems like HTC will be the first, as the company has just announced that the HTC U11, U Ultra, and the HTC 10 will get the update shortly.
The HTC Alexa app has started rolling out to the North American variants of the HTC U11. The app officially brings Alexa access to the handset. This is not the first smartphone to come with Alexa on board as the Huawei Mate 9 had this honor a few months ago. However, the Huawei handset required customers to launch the Alexa app to use its features, while Alexa on the HTC U11 works hands-free. This basically means that you can activate the feature by simply saying “Alexa” rather than having to open the app and activate it manually.
Over the weekend, it was revealed that the stock keyboard on the HTC 10 has started showing ads to users. This led to a huge uproar against HTC on online forums as many users thought the company was trying to make money through its existing users with such shady tactics.
LlabTooFeR is a popular source of HTC leaks in the industry. Well, he has now leaked yet another device earlier today, codenamed the HTC “Ocean Life”. This isn’t a high-end device and features hardware that one would associate with mid-tier smartphones.