With less than two months to the expected release of the new Android O, it’s just unacceptable for a compatible phone to still be running an old Android Marshmallow OS.
ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom was released in 2017 and came preinstalled with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. Considering that this phone came out at a time when Android Nougat had been around for months, it makes some sense that the Taiwanese company is rolling out the newer Android 7.1.1 Nougat to the device instead of the original v7.0.
In addition to installing Android 7.1.1 Nougat that brings on board features like enhanced doze mode, multi-view and customizable quick settings, the update also addresses a number thorny issues faced by users of the phone thanks to the heavily customized ZenUI. The company has cleaned up the quick settings, you also get more consistent colors and your top icons will now be appearing above the notifications, something that users couldn’t configure before this update.
On the home screen, you get the option to add the Google Feed, something that is already enjoyed by users of the Pixel Launcher and if you hated the many third-party apps that came pre-installed on the ZenFone 3 Zoom, well, you can’t afford to miss this update.
Since it’s a major update from Marshmallow to Nougat, it weighs about 1.1GB, which should also be the same size as the version rolling out to the ZenFone 3 Laser. Similar to its counterpart, this phone is also making a jump from Android Marshmallow to Android 7.1.1 Nougat and with it comes all the goodies you know about the Nougat OS.
Both devices are receiving the update to Android 7.1.1 Nougat over the air, which means it will take some time before all units get it. Still, you may do a manual check via Settings>About phone and see if the update is ready to download on your phone.
Looking at the sizes of the updates, make sure you have a stable internet connection before downloading the OS. Also keep the phone charging, unless the battery power is at least 50% as at the time of commencing the upgrade.
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