ASUS ZenFone 2 Update Brings Android Marshmallow, Removes 20+ Apps


Just recently, Google rolled out Android Nougat and as at the time of this writing, only Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6 are guaranteed of the new OS via an OTA update.

As for the rest of the Android family, the waiting game has just begun – a game that can take as much as a year before some devices get to see this OS. This is the same case as what is currently happening to ASUS ZenFone 2 users. Following the release of Android Marshmallow about a year ago, it is now that the Taiwanese company has decided to push this OS to its 2015 flagship.

Unlike other companies that usually start with their flagship handsets when it comes to rolling out software updates, ASUS took a different direction and instead availed the update to the ZenFone 2 Selfie and ZenFone 2 Laser. These two phones are based on the flagship ZenFone 2 or rather, they are trimmed-down variants of the flagship. With this in mind, many expected that the main ZenFone 2 and ZenFone 2 Deluxe will be the first beneficiaries of the OS, but this did not materialize.

ASUS ZenFone 2

After updating the Laser and Selfie variants in May, ASUS has now moved on to its flagships, which carry model numbers ZE550ML and ZE551ML. The update will come as an OTA, meaning you will get a notification when the update is ready to download and install on your phone. In addition to the Marshmallow update, the new firmware also adds the likes of Facebook and Facebook Messenger, Google Messenger and Google Calendar as well as Instagram.

Furthermore, the updated ASUS ZenFone 2 and ZenFone 2 Deluxe will see a huge number of preinstalled apps removed, among them Google+ and Google Play Books, ASUS Backup, Data Transfer and Jawbone UP, among others. Apparently, the new update does not support APP2SD, hence, users of the ZenFone 2 looking to install Android Marshmallow on their phones are advised to move their apps to internal storage.

ASUS has provided the option to download the ZenFone 2 Marshmallow update from its official website.

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