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HTC has two (mediocre) new phones, proving it's not dead just yet

Despite lackluster sales, continually declining revenue, and customer support issues, HTC, to the surprise of many, is still making new smartphones. The company has announced two new mid-range devices for its home market of Taiwan - HTC U19e and Desire 19+. This marks a move from a series-based naming system (U11 > U12) to a (presumably) year-based one, with the number 19 for devices launched in 2019 —  because obviously, product nomenclature is HTC's biggest problem right now.

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[Update: OnePlus 7 too] TWRP adds support for the OnePlus 7 Pro and many more devices

TWRP is the most trusted Android custom recovery around at the moment and is adding support for more devices all the time. Over the past month or so, 14 new phones and tablets have appeared on the TeamWin Recovery Project site, including the beastly new OnePlus 7 Pro. Support has also been added for all Android One Fifth Generation handsets.

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HTC pulls U11 Pie update after reports of bricked phones

HTC's got problems. Its sales are tanking quarter after quarter, and blockchain phones are not exactly in high demand. Now, you can add another problem to the list. The long-delayed Pie update for the U11 has been pulled because it's soft-bricking phones.

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HTC U11 finally gets Pie, only half a year later than the mid-range U11 Life

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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[Update: Pre-orders live on Sprint] The HTC 5G Hub is coming to Sprint, Three UK, Deutsche Telekom, and other carriers

One of the main promises of 5G is bringing ultra-fast internet to homes. Instead of laying fiber cable underground, which is extremely costly and time-consuming, ISPs can set up 5G towers instead. HTC announced a product at Mobile World Congress designed just for that use case — the simply-named '5G Hub.'

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LG V50 5G going up for pre-order at Sprint, 50% off lease for a limited time

Verizon's Galaxy S10 5G is officially launching today, making it the first carrier to market with a 5G phone in the US. Sprint isn't far behind with its LG V50 5G, today announcing that it would be available for pre-order tomorrow. Plus, for a limited time, Sprint is slashing 50% off its lease price.

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[Update: It's a budget phone] HTC says it's making a second blockchain phone

HTC is not dead. In fact, it's so not-dead that it's going to release a followup to the Exodus blockchain phone. That's the sort of niche project you'd only expect from companies that have money to burn, which HTC does not. Still, HTC must think there's a business here.

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HTC to start updating U11, U11+, and U12+ to Pie later this month

As surprising as it sounds, there are still recent phones that haven't been updated to Pie, and the HTC U11, H11+, and U12+ are among these few. However, the Taiwanese manufacturer is finally getting ready to roll out the new Android version to these devices, right on time before Q becomes available.

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[Update: Official statement] HTC has unpublished many of its Android apps from the Play Store

Back in February, we wrote about the disappearance of the HTC Mail app from the Play Store, but it was quickly restored. More recently, we received a tip about the Sense Home launcher also vanishing, but closer inspection shows that a total of 14 HTC apps have been unpublished in the last three months.

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HTC U11, U11+, and U12+ scheduled to receive Pie as early as next month

As we truck along into 2019 with Android Q on the horizon, there are still some phones from the last couple of years that have yet to receive their Pie updates. While typical slow-pokes like Samsung, Huawei, and Asus have brought most of their flagship devices up to the latest version, HTC has lagged behind — excluding, of course, the U11 Life late last year. But the company's official Twitter account announced today that the U11, U11+, and U12+ will get Pie in Q2 2019.

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