Earlier this month, HTC tweeted that its U11, U11+, and U12+ phones would be getting updated to Android 9 Pie this spring, beginning with the U11 before the end of May. The manufacturer is making good on its word, as Pie has starting hitting U11 devices — months after it landed on the cheaper U11 Life.
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— Raul Gabriel (@raulgabriel96) May 27, 2019
Pie brings with it a number of improvements over Oreo, including battery optimizations, optional gesture controls, and smarter notifications. For what it's worth, a user who reports having received the update lives in Romania, according to his Twitter profile.
According to HTC, the U11+ will get Pie starting in late June, and the U12+ will first see the update sometime during the month as well.
Now, another half a year after the rollout started (and abruptly stopped) this spring, we've received a report that Android 9 Pie is finally making its way to U11 devices on Sprint.
Given the players involved, none of this is particularly surprising. Better late than never.