A few days ago, an image leaked from a famous leaker proposing the idea of an Android One Moto X4 from Lenovo. In what could be Google’s latest push toward making Android One a success, HTC may also release an Android One flavored smartphone.
To my knowledge, HTC is yet to launch a smartphone on Android One, a program by Google aimed at bringing powerful and up-to-date smartphones to third-world countries for an affordable cost. A famous pair of leakers, LlabTooFeR and Evan Blass, reported on Twitter today that the long-rumored HTC device with code-name ‘Ocean Life‘ will release under the Android One program.
The HTC device is expected to lose most HTC apps for Google apps and run a near stock version of Android Oreo with Sense 9.0. Evan Blass, also known as @evleaks, agreed on the pitch first posted by LlabTooFeR and followed up with a newly leaked image of the smartphone. In the image we see a Black-colored phone’s front side with large top and bottom bezels and a hardware key (non-tactile) to act as a home button. Side volume and power controls are present, as well as a front-facing camera lens. To put it into perspective, it looks a lot like your typical mid-range HTC Desire model.
The move would make a lot of sense for HTC and Google, one whose smartphone division is struggling and the other who is looking to expand out its program. The two have done joint work in the past on a number of occasions, and who knows what the future may hold. Whatever it is, we should find out more around 10:00am on Thursday, October 20 in New York, if the date and time settings on the phone are to mean anything.