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[Update: Official] HTC U11 EYEs specs and photos leak in full ahead of unveil, courtesy of HTC's own site

It's always funny when manufacturers leak their own products ahead of their official launches. The U11 EYEs was thoroughly detailed a couple of days ago by Evan Blass, but while that leak was more comprehensive than most, it still didn't show everything. Now thanks to some mistakes at HTC, we can see all of the U11 EYEs's specs in full, right down to the launch promos.

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HTC U11 EYEs to have 6.0" 1080p LCD, 3,930 mAh battery, Android Nougat, and more

HTC already has two phones aside from the standard U11 under the same branding, the U11+ and U11 life, but it looks like a third variant may be about to join them. The interestingly-named U11 EYEs actually seems like it could be a pretty nice smartphone, judging from the specifications and photos leaked by famed leakster @evleaks - that is, aside from its inclusion of Android Nougat.

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In VR news: HTC announces VIVE PRO and wireless adapter, Oculus and Xiaomi introduce Oculus Go and Mi VR Standalone

Many companies are still trying to make VR happen, though it feels like those couple of years when 3D TVs were being pushed and then completely disappeared. If you ask me, there's merit to the immersive experience of VR in certain situations, but the wider and easier adoption will be for AR when it's commoditized. But I digress. We've been keeping an eye on HTC's VIVE and Oculus for a while, even though they're not technically related to Android, but for the sake of information here are the two companies' CES 2018 news.

HTC is introducing a few new things at CES.

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HTC's new screenshot tool adds Galaxy-like scrolling and markup features

On the same day it released an update to its Edge Launcher, HTC today updated its screenshot tool to give it some very useful and overdue features. The new utility, melodiously named "HTC Screen capture tool," adds the ability to do Samsung-like scrolling screenshots, crops, and annotations with text and drawing.

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HTC posts the RUU file for the T-Mobile U11 life Oreo update

HTC released the Android 8.0 Oreo update for its midrange U11 life on T-Mobile in December, but if somehow you haven't received the OTA yet and you'd like to flash it manually, you can do so now that the RUU file is available.

It's starting to take quite a while for HTC to publish RUU files after the OTA begins rolling: the unlocked U11 life's took a little less than 2 weeks and now the T-Mobile one has taken even more. But it's been a holiday period and at least HTC does make these files available so that you can flash the update even if you haven't seen the OTA notification just yet.

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HTC squeezes more functionality out of Edge Launcher

In its thankless quest to prove the squeeze skeptics wrong, HTC updated its Edge Launcher today with more customization options.

Introduced with the release of the U11+ in November, Edge Launcher presents users with a customizable Lazy Susan of apps and actions when the phone is squeezed. With only one hand, the user can scroll through the rotating circular menu and quick-launch the items within.

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TWRP now supports Razer Phone, Xiaomi Redmi 5 and 5 Plus, and more

Team Win Recovery Project, better known as TWRP, is basically a synonym for "custom recovery" these days. It makes it easy to step into the world of custom ROMs and other flashable things for older and newer devices alike. Since our last update earlier this month, TWRP has added 11 more smartphones and tablets to its ever-growing roster, including the Razer Phone and Xiaomi Redmi 5 and 5 Plus.

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HTC tries to show off U11+ selfie camera, fails

Some promos are better left unpublished and HTC should have gotten to this conclusion after seeing this video for the U11+. Even if they paid Danielle a lump of cash and got an entire team to work for weeks or months on setting this up, filming it, and editing it, with heart-fluttering music to go, this video should not have seen the light of day for one main reason: it fails at its purpose.

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HTC releases Android 8.0 Oreo update for the T-Mobile U11 Life

The HTC U11 Life launched with Nougat and HTC's interface in the US, despite it coming with Oreo and Android One in other countries. The update to Oreo didn't take long though: the unlocked version got the 8.0 OTA at the end of last month, and now the T-Mobile version is following along.

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HTC releases U11+ kernel source code

HTC and Motorola are two of the few companies that we often see releasing kernel source codes for their devices in a relatively timely manner. Today is no exception with HTC publishing the kernel code for its forty-two-days old HTC 11+. The code clocks in at 417MB and there are 4 versions for different carriers. It joins the U11 in being the second Oreo 8.0 kernel code from HTC.

If you're wondering why the fuss, the answer is you shouldn't technically care if you keep your phone running stock firmware. But if you're a custom ROM enthusiast, kernel source codes help developers create more stable ROMs in less time.

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