Earlier this month^( for its Android 9 Pie updates, which have been very late – if you don’t count ^( , and you shouldn’t because that’s part of the Android One program which handles things differently, with more control from Google over updates. HTC then promised to deliver the goods to the ^( first, by the end of this month. And here we are today, when the rollout has indeed started.
The big caveat here is that the update to Pie for the U11 is currently only available in HTC’s home market, namely Taiwan. We’re hoping it will quickly spread to other territories across the globe, but that remains to be seen.
The update arrives over-the-air as a 1.36GB download, and once you install it you’ll be on software version 3.22.709.2. Expect to get all the goodies that Google packed into Android 9 Pie last year, along with some undetailed “system enhancements” on HTC’s part, and the removal of Google+ from BlinkFeed because Google+ no longer exists.
Since it^( , HTC hasn’t really been very active in the mobile space anymore – not in launching a lot of new devices, and unfortunately also not in supporting past handsets with new software releases. Here’s hoping that at least the latter won’t completely be forgotten by the embattled company.