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A new HTC U12 Plus update addresses the worst feature of the device


  • A new HTC U12 Plus update is rolling out in Taiwan, and it tweaks the capacitive hardware buttons.
  • The June Android security patch and a new camera zoom feature are also in the new update.
  • There’s no word on when the HTC U12 Plus update will hit other areas of the world, but hopefully, it’s soon.

A new official update to the HTC U12 Plus is rolling out now to people in Taiwan, via XDA Developers. Although we don’t know exactly when the rest of the world will see the update, hopefully it’s soon, as included therein is a tweak of the U12 Plus’ worst feature.

I am, of course, referring to the pressure-sensitive hardware buttons that line the sides of the U12 Plus. One of the biggest complaints about the device is the fact that these non-pressable buttons have poor feedback and are counterintuitive.

While the software fix obviously doesn’t swap out the stationary buttons for ones that move as they should, it does make them more responsive and synchronized. Users are also reporting that double-tapping the Edge feature is more reliably accurate than it was before the update.

There are some other fixes and tweaks included as well in this Taiwanese software rollout. There’s the usual Android security patch (from June instead of July for some reason), and there’s also a new feature for the camera that’s questionably called Auto Zoom.

I say “questionably” because it doesn’t really “auto zoom” in on anything. Instead, it’s a new way to manually zoom when using the camera by swiping on a gray dot.

The 422MB update brings the system software version to 1.21.709.3, but different parts of the world have different software versions, so yours might not match. Hopefully, U12 Plus owners outside of Taiwan will get this update soon, as I’m sure they would love some better haptic feedback when they hit the volume keys.

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