ASUS ZenFone 3 and ZenFone 4 Series Confirmed to be Updated to Android O
ASUS made headlines earlier today with the official announcement of the ZenFone 4 Selfie and the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro. These devices will be included in the rest of the ZenFone 4 series that we have previously talked about. However, with the upcoming update to Android 8.0, many have wondered what the company’s plans are. Today, they have announced that all devices in the ASUS ZenFone 3 series as well as the ZenFone 4 series will all be updated to Android O.
This is actually pretty big news because some of these devices fall into the low-end and mid-range market. Besides some OEMs like Sony, it can be rare for a company to release a big update to Android for devices that are not considered its flagship(s). They’ve even taken things a bit further and promised that the company is even cutting back on bloatware too. ZenUI is going from 35 pre-installed applications down to only 16 (13 first-party apps and 3 third-party apps).
So to break things down, all devices in the ASUS ZenFone 4 series will come with ZenUI 4.0 and eventually be updated to Android O. Devices in the ASUS ZenFone 3 series will be updated to ZenUI 4.0, and also be updated to Android O. Updates are said to be gradual and will take place during the first half of 2018. This, along with the reduction in bloatware installed means that ZenUI should be cleaner and perform faster with less clutter.
ASUS is also working to make ZenUI faster with some of the more popular 3rd-party applications as well. During the presentation earlier today, they highlighted a number of applications and talked about how the 4.0 update will make them faster. Applications included in this round of optimizations are WhatsApp (43% faster), Facebook (61% faster), Chrome (55% faster) Line (51% faster) and a few others. Whether or not this translates to real world usage/is actually perceptible, though, is something we won’t know until after the update rolls to the public.