HTC U11 finally gets Android Pie update, starting in Taiwan


HTC’s smartphone business is far from rewarding but it may not be giving up anytime soon. The phonemaker has been shifting its focus to 5G and smartphones that facilitate blockchain transactions and applications. For its existing devices, the company is not turning a blind eye to the devices that deserve an Android Pie update. Earlier this month, HTC announced that HTC U11, U11+, and the U12+ will shortly start receiving the update to Android Pie, and the first of these devices is starting to get a taste of Pie.

According to a couple of Twitter users, the HTC U11 is starting to receive the Android Pie update. Currently, we only have reports of the update being available to users in the company’s home country, Taiwan. We do expect the update to be available in other regions but cannot ascertain the timeline for the rollout, just yet.

As per the screenshot, the Android Pie update for the HTC U11 is 1.36GB in size and will bump the build number to 3.22.709.2 of the Sense UI. The update brings system enhancements but the changelog does not elaborate upon these changes. It also removes Google+ (RIP) from BlinkFeed, HTC’s news discovery app. There is no mention of an upgraded UI, as you would usually expect with the Android Pie update. As for the stability, one user says that there are a bunch of bugs and if you’re one of the lucky recipients, we’d urge you to share your experience.

HTC is definitely among the laggards in terms of the Pie update, with the HTC U11 Life being an exception – probably because it is an Android One device. In the meantime, the company is also expected to be baking the update for HTC U12+, which gets Pie in June, and the HTC U11+, which is expected to follow later next month.

We will update you when we learn about the rollout in other countries.

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