The U12 Plus is a flagship from HTC, runs on Android Oreo out of the box and the company promises that the Pie update is coming soon. The flagship is powered by Snapdragon 845 chipset and features 6 inch display.
Although, HTC might get slowed down with android updates in recent times, U11 and HTC 10 are some of the first flagships which got the Oreo update soon after Pixel devices. So we hope the Taiwanese tech giant speed up the rollout of Android updates with Android Q, because of Project Treble.
The next update for HTC U12+ flagship is Android 10 Q, which is currently Beta stage. The Taiwanese tech giant didn’t participate in the Beta program so the early preview isn’t available for U12+. Google released the third Beta cum Preview of Android 10 for registered Pixel devices on May 7th. The partners in Beta program like Sony, LG, OnePlus, Nokia also released the previews for their flagship devices.
According to Google’s Roadmap, the final preview with final system behaviours will come in July 2019 and the official version most likely to arrive in early-August 2019. The official codename of Android Q will be revealed at the time of official release. The version number has confirmed as Ten through the third beta.
HTC may begin developing Android Q update in late-August 2019 and most likely the initial testing will begin in November or December 2019, according to tech analysts. So the final rollout most probably takes place in Q1 of 2020, at lease for unlocked devices of U12. We will post the official rollout dates here, as soon as HTC has announced them.
The Search giant packed the tenth iteration of Android with many remarkable new features and massive improvements over previous versions. As the development still at third beta stage, more improvements and features may come in upcoming months.
The Dark theme for Android is one of the notable features in the upcoming update. Albeit, the U12+ flagship features Night mode to reduce blue light, the dark theme is much better for eyes and also saves battery. Android Pie features some dark theme elements like Notifications, Quick Settings and navigation bar. But Android Q comes with whole system-wide dark theme without any major bugs.
Inside apps too, Android Q automatically enable the dark theme if the developer designs one or apply its own theme. So there is no need to manually change theme for each and every app.
Native Support for 5G is another landmark in Android’s history. So the android developers can design their apps specifically for very low latency and massive network speeds. Some tech analysts expect that the support for 5G will lead to new innovations like VR and AR, as 4G lead to video streaming and gaming.
The forthcoming Android update features parental controls for Digital wellbeing and focus mode. The parental controls can be used to restrict app usage time instead of just screen-on time. Focus mode is a way to temporarily disable the apps like social media to focus on getting the work done and it is also useful while watching Netflix in downtime without inturruptions.
In the Android Q update, Google refined the navigation gestures which arrived with Android Pie and removed even Home button. So when user selects the fully gestural navigation option in Settings menu, there will be almost no navigation bar and only a thin bar appears at the bottom of the screen. So user can use whole Display real estate to do multi-tasking in splitscreen efficiently.
To go for Home screen, user just swipe up from the bottom of the screen and to go Back, swipe from either left and right edge of the screen. To switch between apps, user swipe up from the bottom of the screen and hold before releasing. There are options in Settings Menu, so user can revert back to Two Button or Three button nav bar.
We will update this post soon with more details about Android Q update for HTC U12 Plus.