Now we’re hearing that HTC has joined the fold and is developing a smartphone for the Android One program. According to Twitterverse leakster @LlabTooFeR, the HTC Ocean Life is going to be released with the OEM’s Sense user interface based on Android 8.0 Oreo, but will drop most first-party apps in favor of their Google counterpart.
HTC Ocean_Life will be released under Android One program. It will lose most of the HTC apps and run stock Android O with Sense 9.0_A1.
— LlabTooFeR (@LlabTooFeR) September 13, 2017
HTC’s EdgeSense and USonic features, plus the Zoe and HTC Camera apps, will reportedly remain with the hardware. An alleged image of the phone hints at a U11 lookalike, only with thicker bezels from top to bottom.
Evan Blass, a tipster who has been constantly pouring in leaks using his Twitter handle — with startling accuracy — has confirmed the rumor, suggesting there is more to this than casual hearsay.
Neither Blass nor @LlabTooFeR mentioned the specifications of the HTC Ocean Life in their tweets, but based on previous reports, it might come with a 5.2-inch LCD display at full resolution; a Snapdragon 630 processor (faster and more efficient than what the Xiaomi Mi A1 offers); 16-megapixel cameras on the front and back (just like the HTC U Play); and a 2,600mAh battery.
We like what we’ve been hearing about Android One lately. Here’s hoping the rumors hold up.