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.
Update on 8/8/2019 :
The final cum sixth Beta of Android Q is now live, Google announces the last Beta of the upcoming Android update, few hours ago. The rollout for Pixel series and Essential Phone has just begun and we are digging inside the latest Beta to know what’s new. Till now, we find no notable changes except the Back button sensitivity option as rumoured earlier. The user interface has been polished and it seems nice compared to the earlier Beta.
In Beta 6, users can find a gear icon besides the Gesture navigation option in System navigation section in Settings menu. On tapping the icon, users can adjust the Back sensitivity through a slider. Other minor changes in the Beta 6 include Darker Autorotate button at the bottom-right corner of the screen, new Emergency button in the Power Menu. Google posted in the official blog that there will be no major changes in the final version of Android Q apart from fixing of any bugs if discovered. In a few weeks, the final version of Android Q and its code name will be announced.
Update on 29/7/2019 :
The Search Giant begins the rollout of fifth beta of Android 10 on July 11th for Pixel series devices. Essential also rolledout the update for the PH-1 flagship. Albeit, this is a marginal update, there are some improvements to Notifications, dark mode, Gesture navigation and also contains some underhood refinements. The version number of the fifth beta is QPP5.190530.014 and not matched with the earlier leaks. The Search Giant is due to release the sixth or final preview in this week or next week with final system behaviours.
As we mentioned earlier, the final version of Android Q is coming in August, so the official codename will be revealed at the time of release.
Update on 5/7/2019 :
It seems that the fifth Beta is leaked early before its official rollout. A Pixel 3 user in Reddit claimed to have received the Android Q Beta 5 update recently and now 9to5Google confirmed that the rollout is legit. The screenshots leaked through 9to5Google reveals that a Back button sensitivity setting is coming to Android with Beta 5. The Pixel 3XL device in screenshots shows that the version number is QP1A.190626.001 which is different from the earlier version number begining with QPP. The device has received even August’s Security patch, according to the screenshot. So it seems the build is a very internal one and leaked accidentally.
The system navigation page in the build shows a Gear icon besides the Gesture Navigation options which seems to be renamed from Fully Gestural Navigation in the earlier beta. Tapping on the Beta shows Back sensitivity slider ranging from low to High and also shows warning that High Back sensitivity will conflict with the Gestures along the edge of the screen. According to the user received the update, Gesture navigation is working much smooth in this update. More details about the feature will be revealed once Google finalized the update and starts rolling out.
We will update this post soon with more details about Android Q update for HTC U12 Plus.