Rumor has it that Motorola will launch an Android One version of the Moto X4 soon. And it looks like the Lenovo-owned company won’t be the only big name throwing its hat in the Android One ring.

According to a tweet from @LlabTooFeR (and confirmed by @evleaks), HTC will offer two versions of an upcoming mid-range phone code-named the “HTC Ocean Life.” One will have the HTC Sense user interface and suite of apps. The other will be an Android One model with stock Android 8.0 Oreo software… and a few Sense features.

The Android One program is a partnership between Google and phone makers to offer devices with near-stock Android software and a promise of regular security and feature updates, among other things.

Initially launched as a way to bring a high-quality Android experience to budget phones sold in developing countries, Google has stopped dictating hardware requirements for Android One devices and the company is partnering with phone makers on higher-end models like the recently announced Xiaomi Mi A1.

While Xiaomi’s first Android One phone will ship without the company’s MIUI skin for Android, it will have some camera features that are specific to Xiaomi, which makes sense since the phone has dual cameras… something no Nexus, Pixel, or other Android One phone has had to date.

LlabTooFeR says HTC’s upcoming phone will likewise have a few HTC-specific features including Edge Sense (which allows you to perform some functions by squeezing the phone’s sides), HTC’s camera app, and Zoe (for recording short videos).

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3 replies on “HTC’s first Android One phone may be coming soon”

  1. HTC is Great brand for mobile and there mobiles are Awesome , thank you for sharing the new updates for mobiles.

  2. I thought I saw a story the other about Google supposedly being in talks to buy HTC mobile business . Any truth to that?

    1. I hope not.
      Google is better driving the Android ecosystem forward the way it does now without losing the respect, trust, and good nature of its OEM partners.

      Besides going the route of HTC would be a half-measure. It would not affect the ecosystem, and have the negative effects listed above. It’s the worst of both worlds.

      If Google really wants to impact the ecosystem and have direct influence, it would require a mass production of phones. At least two (heavy subsidised) phones. Here’s what I think it could pull off:

      50 Million Units
      4.6in (75% Bezel Ratio)
      720p AMOLED
      QSD 625
      4GB RAM / 64GB NAND
      12MP high-end front camera
      12MP midrange meh rear camera
      Fast charging, No Ingress protection, No Qi, Stereo speakers with meh quality like SONY Z3

      50 Million Units
      5.2in (85% Bezel Ratio)
      1440p AMOLED
      QSD 835
      4GB / 64GB NAND
      12MP high-end front camera
      16MP Dual high-end rear camera
      Fast Charging, IP68, Qi, VR Headset Mount, Loudest Stereo Speakers like Axon 7

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