HTC U11 starts receiving Android Pie update again, no new bricking reported (yet)

HTC U11 starts receiving Android Pie update again, no new bricking reported (yet)
Despite keeping its fans waiting for a painfully long time, HTC somehow still managed to mess up the official Android Pie update for the high-end U11. The 2017-released 5.5-inch smartphone was treated to the long overdue UI makeover in Taiwan less than a month ago, but after reports of bricked devices started piling up, the company was essentially forced to halt the OTA rollout.

While the root cause of the issue was never disclosed, a tweet posted by the Taiwanese outfit's Japanese division appeared to suggest the problem was not easy to solve, leading to a lengthy delay for both the HTC U11 and U12+. But out of nowhere, the over-the-air Android 9.0 delivery has been restarted in Taiwan, and things seem to be running smoothly this time around, at least for a handful of users.

Interestingly, the stable system update looks almost identical to the glitchy 3.22.709.2 build, carrying a subtly revised 3.22.709.3 number and tipping the scales at the same old 1.4 gigs or so. The changelog doesn't specifically mention any bug fixes either, simply listing the generic Android 9.0 Pie name along with vague "system enhancements" and Google+ removal from Blinkfeed. It's as if the bricking never happened, although it's not entirely clear if HTC repaired the affected phones somehow or simply replaced them with new ones.

Either way, this is certainly good news for U11, U11+, and U12+ owners in the US and other Western regions hoping to see their Pie-flavored software treats delivered sooner rather than later. Unfortunately, we can't give you a reliable estimate on when those updates might take place. HTC had hoped to begin the rollout for the U11 in "late May", which was technically true. But something tells us the U11+ and U12+ won't receive Android 9.0 goodies by the end of June anywhere around the world, as the company originally intended.

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U11
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 16 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(24.5h 3G talk time)

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3 Comments

1. warpwiz

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 09, 2016

It's a damned shame that HTC developed such a nice phone, but fails badly to support it. The camera is to die for and the functionality of the phone is remarkable. The thing that killed it for me was the battery. Less than a year after buying the phone, I was up to 4 charges per day just for basic usage. In that time, I got only 1 security update. I ended up moving back to the Samsung Note which after six months has a battery that goes strong all day no matter how much usage it gets. RIP HTC.

3. Vogue1985

Posts: 465; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

Actually, Android Pie been a headache for many. Ie Samsung, bugs bugs function removals,degraded camera quality,bricked phones etc. My Note 8 became a brick after second pie update,and for my note 9 the camera quality has gone down,it used to,plus functions like Pro mode are gone etc.Better to have a flawless upgrade with few problems than a rush upgrade full of problems even killing phone. Thus is my last Samsung. good on Htc for not rushing,LG is doing the same,classless upgrades like a Pixel.

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