HTC has announced when users of the U12 Plus, U11 and U11 Plus can expect an Android Pie update. The manufacturer is relatively late and says it will only roll out the latest version from next quarter.
HTC Android Pie update on the way
HTC reports that on Twitter. The manufacturer announced last year that four smartphones would receive an Android Pie update: the HTC U12 Plus, U11 Plus, U11, and U11 Life. Only the U11 Life – which is part of the Android One program – has been updated to the latest version of the operating system so far. HTC is now announcing that the other phones will be updated from the second quarter of 2019 (April, May, and June).
When that happens exactly is unclear, although HTC says that availability may vary per country. The company is in any case late with the update: many other manufacturers have already released Android Pie for different devices. For example, Samsung’s most important flagships run on Android Pie, while Nokia has now updated almost its entire line-up to the latest version.
The news is extra striking now that we know that Google will probably release the first developer version of Android Q this week. HTC does not yet have any high-end smartphone running on Pie and it is questionable which devices will be updated to Q in the future. Furthermore, we now know that the HTC U12 Life, which was released in September last year, gets stuck on Android 8.1 (Oreo). Even the newest smartphone from HTC, the Desire 12s, does not run on Pie.
Improvements to Android Pie
Android Pie introduces a new gesture control, which replaces the traditional navigation buttons. In addition, Pie brings better support for screen notches, more control over your notifications and various options to limit your smartphone usage.
With Digital Wellbeing you get more insight into how much and for what you use your phone. Android 9.0 also introduces the Adaptive Brightness and Adaptive Battery functions, which improves the battery life of your device.