ASUS ZenFone 3 Android Oreo Update Rolling Out with Improved UI and a New Swipe Gesture
When Google announced Android 8.0 Oreo last year, ASUS was one of the first companies to commit updating its older devices. The company said in August 2017 that it planned to bring Oreo to the ZenFone 3, and started to roll out Android 8.0 Oreo to the ZenFone 4 late last year. This week, ASUS made good on its promise and announced Android 8.0 Oreo-based firmware for the ZenFone 3.
In the ASUS ZenTalk forums on Monday, an ASUS community member said that the update for the ZenFone 3 had begun rolling out. It brings the phone’s firmware up to version 15.0410.1712.31, and includes changes like a new swipe gesture, “more friendly […] UI”, and the deletion of applications like PhotoCollage, Minimove, and Do it Later.
Here’s the changelog:
ASUS ZenFone 3 Oreo Changelog
- Software update to Android 8.0 Oreo. Internal storage will decrease slightly after update. [We] suggest [you] backup data and relocate media file (pictures and video clip) to [the] SD card to reserve at least 1.5GB storage before starting the software update.
- Swipe up to apps: After [the] upgrade [you can] swipe up to all apps [in the launcher], and the all app icon [will] be changed.
- More friendly [Settings] UI design
- [We’ve removed] the following applications : Minimove, Photo Collage, Do it Later.
ASUS says that because the update server pushes firmware out to different device serial numbers in batches, it might take several days for your phone to receive it. If you’re feeling impatient, a community support member suggested heading to the ZenFone 3’s Settings > System menu and tapping the System updates button, which might kickstart the update.
The Oreo update that ASUS rolled out to the ZenFone 4 was rather interesting, as it included preliminary support for Treble without a separate vendor partition. We’ve seen a number of companies say they felt it was too dangerous to add Treble support to existing devices because they didn’t include the necessary partitions. Unfortunately, ASUS doesn’t appear to have gone the extra mile for the ZenFone 3, but perhaps the company will add Treble support in future firmware. Here’s hoping.