There are only a few days left and Android 8.0 O will be rolled out. While the likes of Google Pixel and Nexus 6P owners are sure that the OS will be pushed to their devices, many other non-Google device users need confirmation from these OEMs in order to be sure about the update.
This is what happened with ASUS during the launch of the new ZenFone series phones. The company took the wraps off the ZenFone 4 family and during the same event, it confirmed that the new series alongside the ZenFone 3 will be among the list of devices to receive the update to Android 8.0 O.
Perhaps not surprising at all is the fact that both ASUS ZenFone 4 and ZenFone 3 have been scheduled to receive the update to Android 8.0 O by the second half of next year. That’s a long way to go, especially since we’ve already mentioned that the OS will start rolling out next week.
One reason for this massive delay is the presence of huge customizations in the ZenUI, the skin that runs on top of stock Android OS. This has always been the problem for many Android OEMs but they never seem to learn anything with each passing year. A few of them, though, have taken in a few lessons, for instance, HTC and the new Nokia, both of which offer phones with lighter skins or near-stock Android experience.
The good side of the story is that ASUS seems to have a plan. The company has already confirmed that the new ZenUI 4.0, which comes preinstalled on the ZenFone 4, will also be used on top of Android 8.0 O. So far, the outgoing ZenUI 3.5 skin has a massive 35 apps preinstalled in addition to Google’s, but these will now be trimmed to just 13 in v4.0. This should make the skin lighter and thus enhance the performance of the devices using ZenUI 4.0.
While the company has confirmed Android 8.0 O is coming to the ZenFone 4 series, there was no mention of whether the story will be the same for the ZenFone AR. However, given the phone was announced earlier this year and it has all it takes, you can be sure that an update to O will be made available at some point.