HTC finally announces Android 9.0 Pie update... plans for U11, U11+, and U12+

HTC finally announces Android 9.0 Pie update... plans for U11, U11+, and U12+
The HTC U12+ is certainly not a bad phone, but its software support is horrendous

HTC is a smartphone-making company that still... sort of exists. Once upon a time ranked among the world's top five vendors and widely considered one of the mobile industry's chief innovators, the Taiwan-based tech giant can hardly be called that nowadays, as its revenue continues to shrink closer and closer to microscopic levels.

Just in case you needed another reminder of why HTC reached rock bottom after recently focusing on crypto-phones and 5G-enabled... smart hubs, the company finally announced something on Twitter about its Android Pie rollout plans earlier today. Unfortunately, this status update is not only late, but vague and outright infuriating for owners of the HTC U12+ and U11+.

As it turns out, you still have a few more weeks to wait before bidding adieu to the ancient Oreo flavor of the world's most popular mobile operating system. As promised all the way back in August 2018, the HTC U11, U11+, and U12+ will eventually receive official Android 9.0 updates. But believe it or not, HTC is still "working on ensuring the update is compatible with our phones", anticipating a release "starting Q2 '19."

Obviously, that could mean April... or June. It could also mean Android Pie delivery will "start" for just one or two of the aforementioned handsets in certain parts of the world by the end of June, with expansions to follow later on. 

Either way, there's no point beating around the bush - this is simply an unacceptable "timetable." Maybe it would have been acceptable to keep owners of the original HTC U11 waiting so long, but the U11+ and U12+ are yet to receive a single major UI makeover. The latter model is not even a year old, debuting commercially shortly after devices like the Sony Xperia XZ2 and Samsung Galaxy S9, which got their 9.0 promotions months ago. 

Ironically, one HTC phone also made the jump to Pie many months back, thanks primarily to its participation in the Android One program, which meant the OEM's bloatware was kept to a minimum. And yes, the U11 Life is a far humbler device than the U11, U11+, and U12+. What... a... mess!

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10 Comments

1. Whitedot

Posts: 701; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

After all that PA puts affiliate link to buy basically softwares unsupported from Amazon. What a dounughts working up there.

10. Arthurhkt

Posts: 716; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

We have to take into consideration where Amazon mobile division are not their priority business, it is only consider as a gateway to attract more people to get into their services, plus it is mostly dirt cheap and it is a fork version of Android, they won't put much afford into the the software update. But in term of their own update, they are having quite a frequent update, even better than HTC now.

2. kennybenny

Posts: 192; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

well, what did you expect with a company nearing bankruptcy and non-existence? They probably have 1/20th the size of LG's software development team.

6. Arthurhkt

Posts: 716; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Yep, out of all of the minor Android OEM, HTC will be the poorest since other OEM has other business to sustain their income, HTC only has smartphone business and up to certain extend, the HTC Vive which I don't think is making any money.

3. Ichimoku

Posts: 125; Member since: Nov 18, 2018

That's really make me sad. I'm fine with Oreo but I also need my security patches to be updated, still stuck on November on my U11.

4. rouyal

Posts: 1564; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Bless those two software engineers still employed with them working overtime.

5. User123456789

Posts: 377; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Too slow, even Samsung has 9.0 already.

7. KangLee

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Well poor decision made by HTC at first place. This kind of tells how Nokia's approach on the OS is ideal at the moment with Android One.

8. User123456789

Posts: 377; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Sony and OnePlus are being faster than HMD Global. Both dont use stock.

9. gurkhabro

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 30, 2014

My Htc u11 plus hasn't received a single update since December 2017.

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