HTC Sense

With the first Android Q developer preview supposedly dropping any day now, it’s easy to forget HTC is still lagging when it comes to its Android 9 Pie rollout. HTC finally provided a status update on Twitter for device owners, though they won’t like what they read.

According to HTC, it’s still working on the Pie update for the HTC U11, U11 Plus, and U12 Plus. HTC also mentioned that the update will rollout to the aforementioned smartphones starting Q2 2019, though phones purchased through carriers are at the mercy of those carriers.

The newer phones will likely get prioritized, so U11 owners might be waiting longer than U11 Plus and U12 Plus owners. That said, HTC smartphone owners have been waiting a long time anyway for Pie to hit their devices.

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HTC originally announced the Pie rollout back in August 2018, when Google officially released the update’s final version. Since then, only the Android One edition of the U11 Life received the update. What hurts is that HTC launched the U11 Life in 2017 and pushed out Pie to that phone first, even though the U12 Plus is much newer and the company’s current flagship.

What also hurts is that the HTC Sense version of the U11 Life won’t get Pie, even though the hardware is the exact same as the Android One version.

It seems like HTC isn’t taking software updates as seriously as it did before, and why would it? The company experienced a rough 2018, with 2019 shaping up to be an extension of prior struggles. Slow software updates are not a death knell by any means — hey, Samsung — but it doesn’t help when those updates come (or don’t come) from a company like HTC.