HTC has also announced which devices are updated to Android 9.0 (Pie). It involves four devices, although it is unclear when they are updated to the latest Android version.
HTC Android Pie update is coming soon
Via Twitter, HTC announces that the company will update four smartphones to the new Android 9.0 (Pie). This involves the HTC U12 Plus, U11 Plus, U11 and U11 Life. The latter is an Android One device, which is a bit cheaper than the other phones in the list. So if you are the owner of one of the devices, you can count on an update. HTC will not let you know when the smartphones will be updated, but it does indicate more information about this in the future.
Last year HTC only updated the HTC U11, U Ultra and HTC 10 to the Android 8.0 (Oreo). Although the latter already received two major Android updates, the U Ultra remains stuck on Oreo. And that is striking, because the Taiwanese company usually gives its high-end smartphones two new Android versions. Possibly the smartphone will receive security updates in the coming months to close vulnerabilities in Android.
This is new in Android 9.0 (Pie)
Android Pie introduces, among other things, a new gesture control, which replaces the traditional navigation buttons. In addition, Pie provides better support for notches on the screen, more control over your notifications and various options to limit your smartphone usage. With the so-called Digital Wellbeing you get more insight into how much and for what you use your phone. Android 9.0 also introduces the Adaptive Brightness and Adaptive Battery functions, which improve the battery life of your device.
What is custom ROM?
ROM is short for Read-Only Memory. It has many versions just like Windows OS does; no matter it is stock ROMs from companies, or custom ROM from third party. This new custom ROM can bring you the latest version of Android before your manufacturer. Anyhow, flashing a new ROM means installing a new operating system to your Android.
The new Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow comes with many new features :
- Mobile payments (Android Pay) feature.
- Better RAM Management.
- Fingerprint support.- A battery saver feature which extends device use by up to 90 mins.
- It has a faster, smoother and more powerful computing experience.
- Support for 64-bit SoCs using ARM, x86, and MIPS-based cores.
- OpenGL ES 3.1 and Android extension pack brings Android to the forefront of mobile graphics putting it on par with desktop and console class performance.
- Responsive, natural motion, realistic lighting and shadows, and familiar visual elements make it easier to navigate your device.
- More intelligent ranking of notifications based on who they’re from and the type of communication.
- See all your notifications in one place by tapping the top of the screen.
- New devices come with encryption automatically turned on to help protect data on lost or stolen devices.
- SELinux enforcing for all applications means even better protection against vulnerabilities and malware.
- State of the art video technology with support for HEVC main profile to allow for UHD 4K 10-bit video playback, tunneled hardware video decoding to save power and improved HLS support for streaming.
- and other cool features.
Note: If there is more than one download option, that likely means that you need to download and install the Bug Fix Update for your smartphone or tablet device before you can actually update to 6.0.1 Marshmallow.
Step 1:Before you go trying to update your device, you should check which version of Android you are running. You might already be on the latest version. It's easy to check so follow this guide up to step four. This screen will have a section called 'Android version'. If it doesn't, click 'Software information' to find out.
Step 2:Scroll down the Settings menu and click on 'About Phone' or 'About Tablet'. If you have a tabbed settings menu then this will appear in the 'general' section.
Refer to Android developer page to choose which version of Android your phone or tablet is running. I.e, 4.0.4 corresponds to Ice Cream Sandwich, an old version of Android that was released in 2013.
Step 3:Note: Your phone or tablet may require a Wi-Fi connection to search for an update. We suggest you to download the software Droid Over Wi-Fi because the file size can be large.
Choose and click the "Software Update" option. Next it will search available update for your phone or tablet. If update is available, you will be asked if you want to install it. Select "yes" and it will install the new operating system in your device. If you want to install it later, you can download the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow file first. Download Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.zip