Unless you own a Pixel handset or a handset made by a relatively small company with few phones in its portfolio, chances are when it comes to getting the latest Android updates, you could end up waiting anywhere between weeks to months. It looks like the same is happening for HTC owners although thankfully their wait should soon be over.
HTC has confirmed on Twitter that they are working to bring the Android 9.0 Pie update to its HTC U11, U11+, and U12+ smartphones. The company was a bit vague on when the update will be released except to say that it will arrive starting in Q2 2019, but that is a rather big window as Q2 is essentially April, May, and June.
HTC also notes that the exact timing will differ from region to region as in some cases, especially with devices locked to carriers, it will also require carrier approval before the update is released, adding an extra layer of delay to the overall proceedings. The company claims that they are trying to ensure that the update is compatible with their devices before releasing it.
It is unclear if the company’s other phones will receive Android 9.0 Pie or if the devices mentioned above are the only ones that will receive it. As smartphone makers tend to focus more on their flagships, it is somewhat ironic that the lower-end HTC U11 Life actually received its Android Pie update back in 2018, beating its flagship siblings to the punch.
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