ASUS rolls out a public Android 10 beta with ZenUI 6 for the ZenFone 5Z
Following the first stable rollout of Android 10 on Pixel devices, several manufacturers have released both stable and beta updates to their devices. While some, like Essential and OnePlus, released stable versions of Android 10 to some of their devices, most others are still on the beta channel. Quite recently, LG and Oppo released their first beta updates for the LG G8 ThinQ and Oppo Reno. And now, Asus has rolled out its first Android 10 beta with ZenUI 6 for the ZenFone 5Z.
Earlier this year in August, Asus first started recruiting Android 10 beta testers for the ZenFone 6 and the ZenFone 5Z. At the time, the beta program was closed to a limited number of users and for good reason. The ZenUI 6 update released back then was barebones and incredibly buggy, but now Asus seems to have addressed some of the major issues. However, there are still some bugs in the latest public beta release.
Here’s the official bug list for the ZenUI 6 public beta (version 100.04.44.67) on the ZenFone 5Z:
- This theme does not yet support “My Creation”.
Lock the screen, quickly set up the menu, and temporarily set the ASUS theme style.
- Clicking [Settings] > [Applications and Program Notifications] > [Reset Application Preferences] on the application information page will cause the system to automatically restart.
- After accidentally switching the system language, click the “Recent” button to display the ASUS desktop stop action message.
- Inductive payment is not available.
- Some IOT devices / 3rd party app are not available.
- SD card transmission speed is slow.
It’s worth noting that ZenUI 6 on the ZenFone 5Z offers a close to stock Android experience and packs in the Android security patch for October 2019. As you can see in the screenshots below, the update also features Android 10’s system-wide dark mode and new navigation gestures.
Along with all the new features introduced in Android 10, the ZenUI 6 beta also includes a couple of additional features like a native screen recorder, a special mode for one-handed use, Asus’ Game Genie, and more. As of now, we have no information on the release schedule for the stable version of the update. However, since it has already reached open beta testing, it shouldn’t be long before Asus releases it on the stable channel. If you want to try out the latest ZenUI 6 beta update on your device and haven’t received the update yet, you can download it from the link below and manually flash it on your phone. Do note that you’ll need to rename the zip file to UL-Z01R-WW-100.04.44.67-user.zip before proceeding with the manual update.
Thanks to Arun Z194 for the tip!