ZenUI 6 update for the ASUS ZenFone 6 adds Google Duo dialer integration, hides the annoying aptX notification, and more
The ASUS ZenFone 6 is one of the most interesting phones of 2019. ASUS made a big comeback with the release of this flagship. Not only does it have top of the line specs, but it also comes with a nearly stock build of Android Pie. It’s also very nice that unlocking the bootloader and developing for this particular device is very easy, as ASUS made the kernel source codes available from the start. The company has been improving the software experience on the device since its release. The last update mainly improved camera quality, but it looks like there are more undocumented changes to the system.
The build 16.1220.1906.167 was released on July 22nd, making it the second update to roll out this month. The changelog mostly mentioned camera quality fixes and other optimizations, but our Editor-in-Chief, Mishaal Rahman, found more features. The first noteworthy change is that the device’s camera automatically rotates when you answer an incoming video call. Make sure to get used to this feature quickly to avoid uncomfortable situations. You can also see and make Google Duo video calls from the ASUS dialer built-into the device. Google’s stock dialer app has had this feature for a while, but it’s new for ASUS’ dialer.
In the recent versions of ZenUI on the ZenFone 6, an aptX/HD notification would come up every time you connected a supported Bluetooth headset. This annoyance is fixed in the newest build. See the first screenshot below for an example of old notification. The new update also lets you toggle touch sounds by going to Settings > Sound.
If you own ASUS ZenFone 6, you can navigate to Settings > System > System updates to check for the available OTA update. You can also download and follow instructions from the ASUS ZenTalk forum thread and flash the firmware manually.