Asus has an extremely big lineup of smartphones out in the market right now, and the most prominent among them will be the first to receive the much awaited Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. They will start getting the software in the second quarter of this year, according to word that has come directly from the company.
Asus had announced the Android Marshmallow update for its devices back in November last year, and it’s only now that it has revealed its release details. Yet, there are no firm dates to look forward to; so you can expect it to arrive anytime between the April to June timeline which forms the second quarter.
The phones that will be receiving this software treat include the ZenFone 2 (ZE550ML, ZE551ML), the ZenFone 2 Deluxe (ZE551ML), the ZenFone 2 Deluxe Special Edition (ZE551ML), the ZenFone Selfie (ZD551KL), the ZenFone Max (ZC550KL), the ZenFone Zoom (ZX551ML) and all editions of the ZenFone Laser. Moreover, the new PadFone S (PF500KL) will also be granted the update.
Asus has revealed that it will be making some changes to the apps included in ZenUI with the Android 6.0 Marshmallow release. It will be including stock Google apps like Google Messenger, Calendar and Gmail instead of its own utilities that serve the same purpose. These will stay on as default apps even after you perform a factory reset after the update.
The apps that will be abandoned due to this change will be Asus Messenger, Asus Calendar and Asus Mail. Those who wish to use them even after the update can easily download them via the Google Play store.
Like we said, the above mentioned Asus handsets will be getting their Android 6.0 Marshmallow updates in the second quarter of this year. We’ll have more on the topic when additional details are out.