Android One has been a “thing” in various markets around the globe since it was announced at Google I/O 2014, but the brand is seeing a bit of an expansion as we are now expecting to see these budget devices launched in the US. At I/O 2017, Google CEO Sundar Pichai confirmed that Android One devices would be launching in the US, but there has been little mention of which devices would be coming or when they would be available.
Thanks to the likes of @evleaks and now @LlabTooFer, we have a better idea of two devices that are almost definitely going to be coming to the US under the Android One branding. The first is the Moto X4, which was leaked as coming to Android One last week, and now we are seeing mentions of the HTC Ocean Life as being another of the options.
This is true. And it looks like this, for those who haven't seen… pic.twitter.com/gThlkozEdF
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) September 13, 2017
@LlabTooFer gave everyone this tidbit of information early yesterday morning while confirming the device to include Android Oreo out of the box with HTC’s Sense 9.0 overlay. Then, @evleaks followed behind with an image of the front of the device, confirming that HTC will be implementing its own UI, and we won’t have a “stock Android” experience on the Ocean Life.
If you remember back to July, @LlabTooFer gave us a hint of the specs for this device, although it was uncertain whether the Ocean Life was just another mid-range device in the works. Here are some of the expected specs for the Ocean Life:
- 5.2-inch 1080p Display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
- 16MP Front Camera
- 16MP Rear Camera
- 2,600mAh Battery
- Bluetooth 5.0
As you can tell, we don’t have all of the specs just yet for the Ocean Life, but it’s definitely shaping up to be a suitable alternative to the Moto X4 once these devices are launched. All I’m hoping for is some type of official announcement/confirmation from either Motorola or HTC in the near future.
Let us know what you think about the HTC Ocean Life and whether you’re excited to see new devices launched under the Android One brand.