HTC’s 2018 flagship finally receives its Android Pie update

The HTC U12+ is finally getting its update to Android Pie. For those keeping track, it’s bee over 10 months since Google released the final version of Android Pie. The rollout of the new update is currently available only to the HTC U12+ in Taiwan, but HTC is expected to get the update out the door for other regions within the next 2-4 weeks (hopefully).
HTC’s first Android Pie update was released a few weeks back for the HTC U11, but the company had to pull the update due to issues with the build. There’s still no indication as to when the company will have a fix in place and be able to continue the rollout to its 2017 flagship device.
As for the update itself, the Android 9 build weighs in at 1.06GB and comes with the usual features that we’ve seen in the same update to other Android devices. HTC hasn’t gone into much detail regarding the unique changes that they’ve made with Android Pie, but they did note that support for Google+ has been stripped out of BlinkFeed since Google’s social network is no more. Some users who have installed the update already have noticed that HTC did not include Android Pie’s navigational gestures. A bit disappointing since that’s one of the biggest changes that Google included in the Android 9 update. 
HTC hasn’t yet released a flagship smartphone in 2019. Rumor has it that the company is planning “something else” for later in the year.
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If you happen to own the Taiwanese version of the HTC U12+ and have not yet received the update on your device, go to Settings > System > About Phone > Software Updates > Check Now to manually ping HTC’s update servers.
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Help us choose the best smartphones of 2018

With the end of 2018 in sight, we thought this would be the perfect time to choose the best smartphones of the year. If you haven’t been paying close attention, 2018 has delivered quite a few outstanding devices. Sure, the notch has been present on most of them, but that really didn’t detract too much from the amazing cameras, performance and battery life that nearly all flagship devices packed in this year. 

Our team is working on our official list of best smartphones for 2018, but we also want your input for our official “Reader’s Choice Awards: Best Smartphones of 2018” article which will be going up early next week. 

What we need from you is your vote and a comment. The results of the poll will determine the winners and select comments about individual devices will be included for each device in the final article. If the device you want to vote for is not listed in the poll, feel free to add it in the poll’s comment section. 

We’re slowly working through our selection process for the best devices of 2018, but we’d really curious to see which smartphones you guys think is worthy to be crowned best smartphone of 2018. 

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HTC offers $50 to $150 in discounts on its 2017 and 2018 smartphones

There’s no denying that it’s pretty easy to spot amazing deals this holiday season and HTC is getting in on all the excitement by offering up to $150 off on select devices.
The prices of the new HTC U12+ and last year’s HTC U11 Life have been reduced by $50. While that may not be that much of a discount on the HTC U12+ since it typically goes for $800, the $50 price cut on the U11 life brings its price down to just $299 which is pretty respectable.
If you want the best deal possible, we suggest picking up the HTC U11 which is selling for $499 thanks to its $150 discount. The device was one of our 2017 favorites since HTC’s incredible camera and design made it stand out from the competition.
HTC may not be getting a lot of attention these days since it has dramatically reduced the number of devices in its lineup, but the HTC U11, U11 life and U12+ are all great options in their respective categories.
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HTC jumps in with its first Android Pie update

Android Pie has been available for a few months now, but HTC only now jumping in with its first update. The HTC U11 Life is the first device in the company’s lineup to receive the Android Pie update, though HTC has promised to deliver the new version of Android to the HTC U11, HTC U11+, HTC U12+ and the HTC U12 life.
While we’re excited to see begin its Android Pie rollout to older devices, we don’t expect the update for the HTC U11 and the HTC U12+ are right around the corner. The update that’s currently rolling out is for the Android One version of the HTC U11 life which runs on stock Android with a few minor tweaks. The HTC Sense variant of the HTC U11 life will likely not receive its Android Pie update for a few more months and the US model sold by T-Mobile will likely get its update even later than that.
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HTC hasn’t given any indication as to when the HTC U12+ will receive its Android Pie update. The company has typically released Android updates for its flagship devices in mid-Q4, but it looks like we may be waiting until early 2019 before the HTC U12+ and last year’s HTC U11 will be getting a taste of the latest version of Android.