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2017's HTC U11 Life gets Android 9 Pie before this year's HTC U12 Plus

If you own the Android One-powered HTC U11 Life from 2017, be on the lookout for the Android 9 Pie update coming your way.
November 29, 2018
  • The first HTC device to get the Android 9 Pie update is 2017’s HTC U11 Life.
  • The Android One-powered device is receiving the update starting today.
  • 2018 HTC flagships like the HTC U12 Plus are still on Oreo with no date set for a Pie upgrade.

Various HTC U11 Life owners (such as this one) around the world are reporting that the OTA update to Android 9 Pie is rolling out now. This makes the U11 Life the very first HTC device to get the Pie upgrade.

The HTC U11 Life is an Android One-powered variant of HTC’s 2017 flagship, the HTC U11. Since the device is part of the Android One program, it makes sense that it’s getting the Pie upgrade first.

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However, it is quite perplexing that the HTC U12 Plus — HTC’s most recent flagship — is still stuck on Android 8.0 Oreo, with no update on the calendar to look forward to (even the recently-released HTC U12 Life is at least on Android 8.1 Oreo). While an Android One device technically should get its updates faster than other devices, it’s strange to think that a cheaper phone from last year is now more up-to-date than the months-old flagship offering from the same company and the recently-released new model of the same phone.

HTC confirmed in a casual tweet back in August that four of its devices would receive a Pie update: the U12 PlusU11 PlusU11, and this Android One-variant of the U11 Life (the non-Android One variant was not included). However, the company didn’t give any dates or make any promises about the updates, so they could land at pretty much any time.

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