The all-new Android Q Beta is right around the corner and now, HTC is talking about the Android 9.0 Pie update for its flagship devices. While everyone expected Google to release the Android Q Beta update for the Pixel devices, HTC tweeted about the Android 9.0 Pie update rollout for the HTC U11, U11+ & U12+ smartphones. The unlocked devices will start getting the update from Q2 2019.
For the carrier-locked devices, it might take a few more weeks as the update needs to be delivered by the carriers. It has been around six months since Google officially released the Android 9.0 update and very soon we will get our hands-on the Android Q beta. Even the Chinese brands have started offering the Android 9.0 Pie update faster than ever. Apart from the flagship devices, we don’t think the company will release the Android 9.0 Pie update for the latest Desire smartphones.
The HTC Desire 12 and Desire 12+ smartphones running on Android 8.1 Oreo were launched in mid-2018. While HTC smartphones aren’t selling well, the company at least need to take utmost care for the core users who are still preferring HTC devices over the Samsungs or Huaweis. Recently, HTC confirmed to sell its first blockchain-focused smartphone Exodus 1 for $699.
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
The Exodus 1 is the modified HTC U12+ with functionality to store cryptocurrency coins in its crypto-wallet called Zion. While the company is doing good in the VR market with the Vive VR headsets, its just bleeding money in the smartphone market. HTC along with Sony are two global brands which have gone to their bottom levels in the smartphone industry. Stay tuned on PhoneRadar for more details!