ASUS releases the Android 10 firmware and kernel source code for the ROG Phone II
ASUS took a major step last year and switched to a much cleaner, almost stock user interface. On certain devices such as the gaming beast ASUS ROG Phone II, the company gave owners the option to choose between a heavily skinned ROG UI and an almost stock ZenUI. While the ROG UI comes with distinctive icons and wallpapers well suited for a gaming-centric phone, ZenUI is for those who’d rather obsess over the phone’s performance than its interface. It also allows users to switch between the two themes as per their mood but to enable other customizations, ASUS has been supportive of the independent developer community.
Earlier this week, ASUS started rolling out the Android 10 update for the ROG Phone II. With the update, the phone received the Android 10’s native Dark Theme controls, new navigation gestures, latest security update, along with some bug fixes. Swiftly after the update, ASUS has also released the updated ROG Phone II kernel source code based on its Android 10 update.
Android manufacturers using or modifying the AOSP kernel source code are compelled under the GNU General Public License (GPL) to share kernel sources. This sharing allows further modification of the code by other manufacturers or the community to reap the benefits and it helps spur custom development. ASUS has been committed to custom development and sent ROG Phone II units to some reputed developers in the XDA community.
The release of the latest kernel sources means that we should soon see custom resources including custom ROMs, kernels, etc. based on Android 10 for the gaming smartphone. The updated kernel sources can be downloaded from the link below. You can also download the latest firmware ZIP but note that it is only suited for the “WW” variants of the smartphone.
Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ mobile platform and up to 12GB of RAM, and rocking a smooth 120Hz refresh rate AMOLED display, the ASUS ROG Phone II is capable of crushing the competition with its gaming performance. Over that, ASUS also sells a variety of gaming peripherals such as dedicated air cooler, secondary display, desktop docking solution, and much more.