HTC U11 EYEs Specs and Renders Leak: 5.99″ Screen with Snapdragon 652 and 3930 mAh battery running Android Nougat

Just a few months ago, HTC took the wraps off the HTC U11 Life and HTC U11+, two new counterparts to 2017’s high-end U11. But those weren’t enough, apparently. The Taiwan-based company’s gearing up to release another smartphone in the U11 series — the U11 EYEs — that might be revealed as soon as January.

According to notable leaker Evan Blass, the U11 EYEs, code-named Harmony, is the spiritual successor to 2014’s Desire Eye which featured dual front-facing cameras. On the U11 EYEs, twin 5MP selfie sensors sit to the right of the phone’s speaker grill, not far from the wrap-around IP67 water-and dust-resistant aluminum frame and curved glass back cover. Judging by the press renders, the EYEs has a 5.99-inch Super LCD3 Full HD+ screen (2160 x 1080) with a 18:9 aspect ratio, rounded corners, and thin top and front bezels. And it inherits the U11’s rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, which is situated above the EYEs’s etched HTC logo and underneath its 12MP rear camera.

Under the hood, the U11 EYEs reportedly packs a mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 652, a system-on-chip in big.LITTLE configuration with four high-performance ARM-A72 cores and four energy-efficient Cortex-A53 cores. (Another variant is said to come with a Snapdragon 660.) It’s paired with 4GB/6GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB of internal storage expandable via microSD card, and a 3,930mAh battery that charges via USB-C port.

According to Mr. Blass, the U11 EYEs will launch with Android Nougat and support HTC’s Edge Sense, a customizeable feature that launches apps and actions when you squeeze the phone’s sides. It could be unveiled as soon as January 15, the date of HTC’s next press event, and it’ll come in red, black, and blue colors.

Mr. Blass expects the U11 EYEs to retail for 3,299 yen ($510) but didn’t have any information to share regarding availability, though earlier reports pegged Hong Kong, China, and Taiwan as launch markets. Considering the Desire EYE came to the US and UK in November, there’s a reasonable chance it might see a stateside debut. Here’s hoping.

Source: Evan Blass Source: Weibo

HTC Edge Launcher Updated with Support for HTC U11 and Customization Options

The HTC U11 and U11+ are departures from their predecessor, the HTC 10. Both drop the aluminum unibody construction in favor of a 3D glass back and a metal frame, and have another unique feature, Edge Sense, which actives shortcuts when you squeeze the phones’ sides. Unlike the Active Edge functionality on the Google Pixel 2, HTC’s Edge Sense is highly customizable, and it’s only gotten better since its release.

On Friday, HTC updated the Edge Launcher — the small menu of apps and quick settings that triggers when you squeeze the sides of the HTC U11+ — with support for the HTC U11. It’s optional — you can choose not to enable the Edge Launcher on the HTC U11 if you prefer the default Edge Sense behavior.

The core functionality of the Launcher hasn’t changed — squeezing the sides of the HTC U11 and HTC U11+ brings up apps, contacts, and quick settings. The radial menu can be customized up to five levels, and the update adds the ability to tap and hold icons to edit their position. There are more shortcut options now, too: You can choose from shortcuts that activate battery saver, auto-rotate and Wi-Fi hotspot.

The new Edge Launcher also adds the ability to open the radial menu from the lockscreen — before, it could only be opened when the phone was unlocked. It’s worth mentioning that you still need to unlock your phone if you want to launch an app or shortcut from the lockscreen, unless Smart Lock’s Trusted Places feature is turned on.

HTC U11 and U11+ owners can download the updated Edge Launcher from the Play Store.

HTC Edge Launcher (Free, Google Play) →

Source: Google Play StoreVia: Android Authority

SunShine Root Now Supports Android Oreo on the HTC U11

Rooting HTC devices can be a pain — they use what’s called an “S-ON/S-OFF” system. It was previously possible to root the HTC U11 with S-OFF using the SunShine root tool on Android Nougat, but with the update to Android Oreo, the functionality broke. Now, SunShine’s been updated to support Android Oreo on the HTC U11.

SunShine costs $25, but it’s the only S-OFF solution available for the HTC U11’s newest firmware. (The license is non-transferable, but can be used as many times as you’d like on the device you choose.) The only catch is that it’s temporary — after a reboot, you’ll have to run SunShine to achieve root again. Changes made while S-OFF’s enabled don’t persist across sessions, so there’s no need to worry about your phone becoming unbootable if you make a change that S-ON blocks. Simply reboot the U11, run SunShine to unlock it and root it, and resume tinkering.

Here’s what’s going on under the hood: The “S” in S-OFF stands for security, and it prevents certain partitions from being written to. Bootloader unlocking the HTC U11 grants you access to the /boot, /system and /recovery partitions, but S-OFF unlocks additional partitions, opening the door to downgrading the phone’s firmware, changing the region settings, and more. On some devices, S-OFF can reset a tampered flag, potentially hiding the fact that you unlocked it. (On the HTC M8, S-OFF allowed users to install Google Play Edition ROMs and receive Android Open Source Project upgrades.)

Check out the official XDA thread for SunShine on XDA’s HTC U11 forums, and head to the SunShine website to get started.

Via: SunShine on the HTC U11 XDA Forums
Source: SunShine Official Website

HTC Posts HTC U11+ Kernel Source, CleanSlate Kernel now Available

HTC is one of the most reliable original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) when it comes to releasing timely kernel sources, and that’s important — the sources are required for nearly everything Android development-related. Without kernel sources, custom kernels, custom recoveries, and custom ROMs aren’t really possible. And despite the fact that failing to supply them breaks the GPL — an enforceable contract, according to the US government — lots of companies don’t release them on time.

HTC bucks the trend. On Thursday, the smartphone maker published the kernel sources for the HTC U11+, and developers wasted no time getting to work.

CleanSlate, a popular kernel developed by XDA Recognised Developer tbalden that’s available for a number HTC devices, was released for the HTC U11+ this week, promising improved stability and additional features. These features include KCal color controls, NTFS read/write, hacked texfat loading so ROMs can use the phone’s SD card storage, and an entirely systemless implementation, which means it won’t trip SafetyNet. It’s a rather simplistic kernel, but that’s the aim of it — it doesn’t claim to save battery or enhance performance, for example.

Another CleanSlate feature is WireGuard VPN support. For those not familiar with WireGuard, it’s a VPN protocol that’s implemented in the actual Linux kernel. Coming in at just under 4000 lines, it’s easy to audit, which makes it appealing to kernel devs.

Hopefully, the release of CleanSlate marks the beginning of the HTC U11+’s golden age. It’s a great device — one that could potentially be made even better with the help of the absolutely amazing developer community here at XDA.

If you’re interested in getting the kernel sources yourself, you can check them out at the source link.

HTC Developer Sources

Oreo rolls out to HTC U11 handsets in the U.S.

Android 8.0 Oreo is now rolling out to HTC U11 handsets in the U.S. Users with unlocked units will be blessed with the update first, followed by those with carrier devices.

Mo Versi, HTC Vice President of Product Management, confirmed the rollout on Twitter over Thanksgiving. It starts today for those who bought their U11 outright, and HTC is working with carriers to get the release out to everyone else “as quickly as possible.”

Oreo for the U11 first started its roll-out a couple of weeks ago, beginning in HTC’s home country of Taiwan. The release brings all the Android 8.0 goodness you would expect, including more emoji, picture-in-picture, revamped quick settings, and lots more.

Versi also confirmed on Twitter that the HTC 10, U Ultra, and U11 Life will be getting Oreo updates. There is no release date for these yet, but he vows to let us know more “when we’re close.”