HTC U11

HTC U Life “Ocean Life” to be an Android One phone

HTC U Life “Ocean Life” to be an Android One phone

Android One has always been an odd program and, for a time, it seemed that Google would give up on it altogether. That seemed especially possible after it announced its Android Go program for “constrained devices”. But Google insisted that Android One is still a go and it has, in fact, launched the first new device in a long while, the Xiaomi Mi A1. Now it seems that there will indeed be new Android One phones, with the next one coming from HTC, based on the unreleased HTC U11 Life, a.k.a. the HTC Ocean Life.

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HTC U11 Edge Sense update shows Samsung how it’s done

HTC U11 Edge Sense update shows Samsung how it’s done

With screens effectively pushing out bezels and buttons from the faces of phones, OEMs are looking to the back and sides for additional controls. But instead of simply adding yet another button, HTC dared to do something new in the HTC U11: Edge Sense. As fancy as it may be, the squeezable interface didn’t exactly wow users when the phone launched. But HTC at least seems committed to making that gesture more functional and more customizable. Unlike a certain Korean manufacturer hellbent on locking its new single-purpose button to that single, still practically useless purpose.

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HTC U11 confirmed to support Bluetooth 5 with Android O

HTC U11 confirmed to support Bluetooth 5 with Android O

HTC's latest flagship phone, the U11, has proven itself to be one of the top Android device releases of the year with impressive specs and design, useful features, and a great camera — and soon it's going to get even better. HTC has revealed that U11 was just certified for the Bluetooth 5.0 standard, and that users will be able to take advantage of its improved speeds once Android O is released.

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HTC U11 Life could be a compelling mini flagship

HTC U11 Life could be a compelling mini flagship

A little over a month ago, there was a rumor that HTC had an “Ocean Life” smartphone in the works. Based on the information at that time, it was clearly made to be a mid-range version of the “Ocean”, which turned out to be the HTC U11. Indeed, this latest leak pretty much confirms that and also gives the name of “HTC U11 Life”. It is perhaps indeed better to ditch the “mini” moniker considering how barely smaller this smartphone is and how close it is to its more premium older sibling.

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HTC U11 Bluetooth 5.0, 1080p60 update starts rolling out

HTC U11 Bluetooth 5.0, 1080p60 update starts rolling out

When HTC launched the U11, it said that the U Ultra that preceded it wasn’t exactly the complete story it wanted to tell the world this 2017. It turns out, the U11 might not exactly be complete either. No, there isn’t a new HTC smartphone coming, at least none that we have heard of. Instead, the HTC U11 story itself is far from over and HTC is promising updates that, more than just fix issues, actually add completely new functionality, including this new firmware update in Taiwan that adds the promised Bluetooth 5.0 support.

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This HTC U11 app is a must-have for owners

This HTC U11 app is a must-have for owners

The HTC U11's most intriguing - and arguably underutilized - feature is getting supercharged, though it's not the Android phone-maker's own handiwork. Instead, the developer community has stepped up to unlock the potential of Edge Sense, the squeeze-to-launch shortcut system HTC introduced on the U11. If you're a U11 owner, it has the potential to be the must-have app for the phone.

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HTC U11 to get Bluetooth 5 in a firmware update

HTC U11 to get Bluetooth 5 in a firmware update

Wouldn’t it be great if you could get new hardware features without actually having to get new hardware? That does seem to be the magic that HTC is weaving in a leaked letter from the Taiwanese manufacturer to the US FCC regarding Bluetooth on its HTC U11 flagship. According to the letter, HTC will enable Bluetooth 5 on the HTC U11 but it will do nothing more than release a software update. No hardware changes required.

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HTC U11 128GB preorders start in the US tonight (plus deals!)

HTC U11 128GB preorders start in the US tonight (plus deals!)

The HTC U11 has some fervent fans, but not everyone with their eye on the model has picked one up yet. If you're counted among those people, HTC has some good news: you'll be able to preorder the 128GB version of the U11 in the United States starting tomorrow. Not interested? The company is also hoping to bring in some new customers by dangling a few sweet summer deals.

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HTC U11 Alexa hands-on: What works and what needs work

HTC U11 Alexa hands-on: What works and what needs work

This past week we've had some time with the HTC U11's newest feature boost: HTC Alexa onboard. That's Amazon's Alexa personal assistant, but placed on the HTC U11 in a way that's unique to this device. While Alexa is available in its app form for other smartphones, here Amazon and HTC have worked together to allow Alexa to act as similar to an Echo or Echo Dot as any smartphone has been before.

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Squeeze for Alexa, coming to the HTC U11 very soon [UPDATE: It’s out!]

Squeeze for Alexa, coming to the HTC U11 very soon [UPDATE: It’s out!]

In the future, we might no longer need to even touch our phones to control them. We can just do it by voice. That is, if Samsung's vision for Bixby ever truly takes off. In the meantime, however, we'll have to content ourselves with less powerful but more useful personal assistants like Google Assistant and Alexa. And we'll still need to have a physical way to trigger those, like, say, squeezing your phone, which is exactly what HTC wants you to do with its U11 phone, possibly starting this week.

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These are the features coming to the HTC U11 soon

These are the features coming to the HTC U11 soon

If HTC’s “true” 2017 flagship felt raw, that’s probably because in some ways it is. Sure, Android 7.1 is definitely mature enough, but HTC’s own additions and modifications are fresh, untested, and still undergoing development. Fortunately, it might be rapid development, as there is now word on several features that could be landing on your U11 within a few weeks at the earliest, including some issues with the smartphone’s already excellent camera. At least by DxOMark standards.

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An HTC U11 “mini” might be in your future

An HTC U11 “mini” might be in your future

The age of mini flagships is upon us again. Well, they never really left us but only took on different names and forms. In the midst of rumors of a "true" Galaxy S8 mini in the works comes word that HTC might have something similar in mind. According to LlabTooFer, a certain HTC "Ocean Life" coul be around the corner and will practically be a mid-range HTC U11.

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