HTC Rumoured To Be Preparing An Android One Device
I’ve seen rumours that HTC are preparing an Android One device, believed to be a variant of the HTC “Ocean Life,” perhaps the HTC U11 Life. This rumour follows Motorola and Xiaomi producing their Android One devices. This is interesting for a few reasons, but before I write about this, let me remind readers that Android One devices were originally released in 2014. Android One was at the forefront of Google’s push towards “the next billion” Android users. The original Android One devices were based around a low-end MediaTek chipset and were designed and sold into the developing market. The original generation Android One devices have been followed up by more powerful second generation devices, and now we are seeing later Android One models.
Let me write about the HTC Android One device. The device is reckoned to be based around the mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 system-on-chip and use a 1080p resolution 5.2-inch display. Sharp eyed readers will note that this core specification is very similar to the Moto X4, which has now been confirmed by Google as a new generation Android One device compatible with Google Fi. The HTC Ocean Life is said to have 32 GB of internal storage, IP67 water and dust resistance and a 16MP rear camera. As an Android One device, the rumour is that the handset will include a stock version of Android and be updated by Google, rather than HTC. This should mean devices will receive monthly security patches, timely software upgrades and enable new Android Oreo features such as Project Treble. Some rumours point towards the device including a version of HTC Sense 9, which would be a departure for Android One devices.
Go back a few years, and Google were reckoned to be working on a project called “Android Silver.” This was a rumoured way of introducing stock versions of Android onto existing flagship devices. We saw something similar to this with the Google Play Edition devices. It’s possible that these newer generation Android One handsets could be a successor to the Google Play Edition devices, and therefore might be sold all over the world – including into the developed smartphone markets of North America and Europe. The Moto X4 Android One model is being released into the US market via Google Fi at $399.
I had speculated that Google were planning to sell Android One devices with official support for the Google Fi network, and this is now happening with the Moto X4: great news! We’ve seen Google promoting Google Fi, but the greatest restriction with Google Fi is that it is only officially supported on a small number of Google Nexus and Google Pixel smartphones. Introducing more devices to the Google Fi network could be a great way to expand the carrier.