ASUS finally rolls out Android Pie for the first gen ROG Phone
Asus has been doing a fine job of delivering updates to its latest flagship devices. Earlier this month, the company rolled out a stable Android 10 build for the ZenFone 6/6Z and recruited beta testers for the ROG Phone II. Most recently, the company rolled out a stable Android 10 update for last year’s ZenFone 5Z. However, it hasn’t extended the same priveledges to some other devices. For instance, the company dropped plans to update the ZenFone 4 to Android Pie late last month. Thankfully though, it doesn’t seem like the first-gen ROG Phone is going to get the same treatment.
The first-gen ROG Phone, which was announced last year in July, came with Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box. Over a year after Google rolled out Android 9 Pie on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, the ROG Phone is receiving its first stable build of the software. As per a recent post on Asus’ ZenTalk forums, the latest update for the ROG Phone (v16.0410.1910.91) upgrades the system to Android P and brings a couple of changes to Asus’ ZenUI. Here are the official release notes for the Android 9 Pie update for the ROG Phone:
- Upgraded system to Android P
- Removed PAge Marker, ZeniMoji, Report Location in Safeguard, weather animation setting, AI Charging
- Removed the Yandex cloud operation of File Manager application
- Upgraded Game Center to Armoury Crate with whole new design
- Added “Adaptive brightness”, “Adaptive Battery”, “New notifications”, “Status bar icon manager”, “Screen recorder”, and “Local backup” in Settings
- Upgraded Game Genie panel with new design and features
- Added Android P “Swipe up on Home button” gesture
- Support 24-hour forecast in Weather application
- Revamped Mobile Manager, Contacts, File Manager, Calculator, Clock, Gallery, and Weather applications
- Redesigned volume control panel following Android P
The OTA update for the ROG Phone is being rolled out in a staged fashion and will only reach a few users initially. You can check for the update in the System updates section from within the device settings. The update should reach your device over the next couple of days, in case you haven’t received it already.
Source: Asus ZenTalk