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HTC Android 9 Pie Update Details



Google’s Android 9 update arrived earlier this year, and it’s slowly being released for more devices. Here,  we’ll provide HTC owners a look at what we know and what to expect. If you’re wondering, “Will my HTC phone get Android 9” we’re here to help. This is everything you need to know about HTC Android Pie updates, betas, release details and more.

The Android P Developer Preview was available on 11 different phones this year, ensuring faster updates than usual. However, HTC wasn’t a part of that list, and they’ve been mostly silent regarding updates.

Read: Android Pie vs Android Oreo: What’s New

That said, Google recently bought most of HTC’s smartphone division. As a result, we believe this could help HTC deliver updates faster than ever before. We’re seeing the first HTC Android Pie update in November, and more are coming soon. Google’s Android 9 update is loaded with new features, smart controls, and more. Features you’ll want as soon as possible.

We know at least four HTC phones will get a slice of Pie soon, and the first update arrived at the end of November. Then, popular smartphones from all major manufacturers will get a free update to Android 9 Pie later this year and throughout 2019.

Will My HTC Phone Get Android 9 Pie?

HTC is still staying relatively quiet as it wraps up any remaining Android Oreo releases. That said, the company did share some key details on Twitter regarding HTC Android 9 updates. Stating the HTC U11 Life and U12+ will get Android 9 Pie first, and a few others will follow.

While they haven’t released a full list of supported devices, we do have a good idea of what phones will get it first. We’re hoping these aren’t the only phones that will get it.

  • HTC U12+
  • HTC U11
  • HTC U11+
  • HTC U11 Life (Android One) (Available Nov 29th)

As you can see above, HTC confirmed the update for four smartphones, but they didn’t give a timeline. However, they have a ton of other phones we think should get the update. We believe they’ll add more phones to this list in 2019. If you don’t get Android 9 will you be upset? Let us know what phone you have and what you think in the comment section below.

Typically devices get updates for around 2 years from the day it’s released. Not to mention Google requires 18 months of support from manufacturers. The first HTC Android Pie update is for the HTC U11 Life, right before the end of November.

HTC Android 9 Update Release Dates

Your next question is like regarding when the update is coming, followed by what to expect or what’s new. Sadly, we don’t have any information about when you’ll actually get Android Pie for most of these phones.

As you can see above, HTC confirmed those updates but didn’t share a timeframe. Instead, they state that a rollout will get announced in due course. Basically, whenever they get around to it.

In previous years HTC promised updates within 90 days, or before the end of the year, but we’re not seeing anything like that anymore. That’s not a good sign. So while we’re hoping for updates quicker than usual thanks to Project Treble and working with Google, it won’t surprise us if most updates don’t come until 2019.

HTC Android 9 Betas

There’s a small chance we’ll see some Android P or Android 9 beta programs from HTC, but that too is unknown. We’ve seen betas from them in the past, but not very many. So while we can guarantee a beta program from Motorola, Samsung, and even OnePlus, HTC remains quiet.

Google released Pie in August, and now four months later we still haven’t heard much from HTC.

What’s New in Android 9 Pie

There are lots of new Android 9.0 features that you can use to do more with your phone and tablet. Users will enjoy bundled and smarter notifications, auto-fill improvements, and tons of “smart” features throughout. Not to mention new gesture navigation controls, digital wellbeing options, Google Assistant improvements, themes, and support for the notch. That’s on top of the usual performance and battery life changes.

Here’s a detailed breakdown of everything that’s new. Then, we’ve also compared it to Android 8 Oreo for those interested.

Additionally, we expect HTC will add some exciting new features of their own on top of Android 9. Whether that’s improving current options, or making them better with the help of Pie. Then, expect any and all HTC OS update to have a few improvements, bug fixes, and more on top of everything else detailed above.

Final Thoughts & What’s Next

Right now, almost every new HTC phone from the last few two years is running Android 8.0 Oreo update. And while we could see Android 8.1 arrive, our guess is that the company switched all efforts to Android 9 Pie. Hopefully, within the next 6-8 months, most of them will be on Android 9 Pie.

Either way, the only thing we can confirm so far is they plan to release updates and have at least started with the HTC U11 Life. If we had to guess, the four HTC phones mentioned at the top of this post will get Android 9 Pie updates throughout the next 2-3 months.

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  1. Bernie Carey

    12/28/2018 at 10:44 am

    Just bought an HTC U12 life from HTC…is there any word of this phone receiving the Android Pie update and if not, why the U11 life?

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