Earlier this month, HTC shared some timelines for the Android 9 Pie update plan that is going to bring Google’s latest Android version to some of the recent smartphones released by the struggling Taiwanese firm. HTC schedule is really late, however, the company started to fulfill its promises. It promised to deliver Pie to the HTC U11 first at the end of May, and according to some reports, the rollout has finally started.
Unfortunately, there is a caveat on this Android Pie release is that it’s arriving only for the HTC U11 units in the company’s domestic market – Taiwan. That’s very limited availability, but we do hope that this limited rollout goes quickly in the hope to see its availability being expanded to more markets across the world.
The update for the HTC U11 weighs at 1.36GB, and once you download it and perform the installation, your U11 will be running Android 9 Pie. The update includes all the goodies introduced by Google, that does include a new System UI, new Settings Menu, more control over notifications, Adaptive Battery optimization and Digital Wellbeing. Worth noting that HTC also lists some “system enhancements” and the removal of Google+ from BlinkFeed because Google+ no longer exists.
HTC was once one of the biggest smartphone makers in the industry, however, it has been playing in the red for quite some year. Since it sold a big chunk of its mobile making division to Google, the company isn’t very active, and also it’s not very attractive for quite some time. The company still has some devices in the pipeline to get Android Pie, we just hope that all they receive it before the Android Q release, that probably won’t come for any of them.