ASUS releases AOSP-based Android 10 beta updates for the ZenFone Max M1, ZenFone Lite, and the ZenFone Live L1/L2
ASUS has yet to release a phone under the Android One program, but they still do care about vanilla Android lovers. The OEM has significantly trimmed down their custom Android skin, ZenUI on their flagship ZenFone 6, while the ZenFone Max Pro M1 and its successor, the ZenFone Max Pro M2, come with near-stock Android. The company also publishes AOSP-based beta builds for existing phones running ZenUI from time to time. ASUS has now released similar AOSP-based Android 10 beta updates to a bunch of entry-level devices from their portfolio, which includes the ZenFone Max M1, the ZenFone Lite and the ZenFone Live (L1/L2).
The ASUS ZenFone Max M1 has quite a vibrant aftermarket development community, as this nifty device is officially supported by TWRP as well as the Pixel Experience project. Owners of this phone can now evaluate the first public beta build of Android 10 from ASUS, bearing version number WW-17.00.2003.23. The update package weighs about 1.78GB and can be sideloaded using the stock recovery. The transition is not foolproof though, as you may need to wipe the userdata, so do perform a backup beforehand, as you should anyway when trying out betas.
The ZenFone Lite and the ZenFone Live are nothing but rebranded editions of each other, thus, they share a common firmware. The data transition bug is also present in the Android 10 beta build for these phones, which is tagged as WW-17.07.2003.405.
As a matter of interest, all these phones are powered by either the Snapdragon 425 or the Snapdragon 430 SoC (and likely to be based on the same BSP). Keeping track of the enormous number of device variants from ASUS is indeed a cumbersome task, especially when some regional models of the aforementioned phones got the Android Go edition on top of 1GB RAM SKU, which are still running Android Oreo and not officially compatible with the current Android 10 beta packages.