ASUS rolls out an AOSP-based Android 10 beta for the ZenFone 5
In November last year, ASUS began rolling out stable Android 10 to the ZenFone 6 series. The rollout was extended to the ZenFone 5Z a few weeks later. However, at the time, the mid-range ZenFone 5 was missing from the list, drawing speculations from users that there will not be any further Android updates. But thankfully, the phone will not be left on Android Pie forever as ASUS has just released an open Android 10 beta for the ZenFone 5, allowing the early adopters to test out the in-development software ahead of its official release.
ASUS has long bid farewell to its custom skin, ZenUI, and has switched to using the near-stock Android interface across most of its smartphones. In keeping with this trend, the Android 10 beta update of the ZenFone 5 will be based on AOSP instead of ZenUI. ASUS advises that if you have grown accustomed to ZenUI features you should consider staying on Android Pie as the UX-specific features and customizations will not be carry forwarded to the AOSP version.
ASUS hasn’t posted a full changelog for the new update but the ZenFone 5 users can look forward to all the standard Android 10 goodies such as the system-wide dark mode, new navigation gestures, improved Digital Wellbeing tools with new parental controls and much more.
The ZenFone 5 users interested in trying out Android 10 can head to the ASUS Firmware page from the link below to download the update zip. Do note that installing the beta software will fully wipe your user data so make sure to take a backup beforehand. Also, keep in mind that this beta software is meant to flash on WW SKU only.
Exact details regarding the stable release are not yet known but we will sure to let you know when we learn more from the company.