[Update: New Timeline] HTC U12+, U11, and U11+ now expected to get Android Pie in Q2 2019
HTC may not have given up on smartphones just yet, but there is little left for consumers to stick around for. The Taiwanese OEM, which was once a contender for the pole position for the top Android smartphone brand, is now trying hard to attract new customers or even keep the old ones. HTC’s plans for 2019 included focusing on existing U12+ flagships as well as releasing new phones. This plan does not seem to be going as well as, despite the Android Pie announcement in August 2018, HTC has now confirmed that several of its devices will not receive Android Pie sooner than Q2 2019.
We wanted to share the status on the Android 9 update. HTC is currently working on ensuring the update is compatible with our phones & we anticipate a release for U11, U11+ & U12+ customers starting Q2’19. Exact timing defers to operators’ availabilities in different countries.
— HTC (@htc) March 11, 2019
HTC’s update plans involved rolling out Android Pie to the HTC U11, U11+, U11 Life (based on Android One) and the U12+. Of these, only the U11 Life has managed to receive an update to Android Pie, despite launching with Android Nougat. The OEM has now taken more than 6 months to ensure that the update is “compatible” with its phones, which is a non-answer as devices like the HTC U12+ already come with a Treble-compatible partition setup. The tweet also does not confirm when exactly these updates would arrive, as the updates will be released “starting Q2’19“, which in turn means that there is no upper limit to when the last of these devices can receive the update.
HTC’s sad state of affairs has led the company to consider licensing its brand to Indian smartphone brands like Micromax, Lava, and Karbonn. The lack of updates will not really add up to be a selling point for its upcoming smartphone, assuming there is one still in the works.
Update 1: New Timeline
Over on Twitter, HTC now says that the Android Pie update is coming to the HTC U11 in late May and to the HTC U11+/HTC U12+ in June. It seems odd for the company to roll out the latest release to its current flagship after its previous generation flagship, but we don’t really expect much from the company that’s trying really hard to convince us it’s not dead. In August of 2018, HTC confirmed that all 3 devices (and the U11 Life) would receive the Pie update, but so far only the Android One-powered U11 Life has received the update.
We want to share the release schedule of the Android Pie updates for #HTC smartphones. Please note, certain regions & carrier deployment may affect these dates. U11 rollout will begin late May, 2019; U11+ will begin late June, 2019; U12+ will begin mid-June, 2019. Thank you pic.twitter.com/eyeCdX5qWm
— HTC (@htc) May 10, 2019