Either way, we can’t confirm anything quite yet. If you didn’t get Oreo yet it’ll be here soon. We could see an update to Android 8.1 Oreo at some point, or the company will skip straight to Android 9. If we had to guess, the four HTC phones mentioned at the top of this post will get Android 9 Pie updates sometime in January-March of 2019. Stay tuned for more details throughout the rest of the year.
With Google’s Android 9 update finally available we want to provide HTC owners a look at what to expect when it arrives. If you’re asking, “Will my HTC phone get Android 9” we’re here to help. This is everything you need to know about upcoming HTC Android Pie updates, betas, release details and more.
Earlier this year Google pushed out an Android P Developer Preview to Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL users, along several other smartphone manufacturers like OnePlus and Sony. While HTC wasn’t included in that, they built the Pixel and work closely with Google.
Furthermore, Google recently bought most of HTC’s smartphone division. As a result, we believe this could help HTC deliver updates faster than ever before. In fact, we’re expecting Android 9 to arrive very quickly thanks to Project Treble and the long beta period. 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. 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, mainly because they’re still working on Android 8.0 Oreo updates. That said, the company did share some key details on Twitter regarding HTC Android 9 updates. The new HTC 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)
As you can see above, HTC confirmed the update for four smartphones. However, they have a ton of other phones we think should get the update. We believe they’ll add more phones to this list later in the year, or sometime 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.
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.
We're pleased as pie to confirm updates to Android Pie for the HTC U12+, U11+, U11, and U11 life (Android One). Timeframes for roll-out will be announced in due course.
We can't wait to know what you think of Google's freshest slice of Android! pic.twitter.com/mPJePFegne
— HTC (@htc) August 10, 2018
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 right now. 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 updates don’t begin until sometime in 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, LG, and even OnePlus, HTC remains quiet.
Now that Android 9 Pie is official and out of beta, we could see HTC add some phones to its own beta program. If so, that’ll be the fastest way to try it until the company releases it around the globe.
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.
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.
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