The curiously named Asus smartphone, ZenFone, is expected to start rolling Android Marshmallow anytime now as it was promised by the company. Apparently, at this moment they are rushing to make the second quarter of 2016 release deadline. But it’s a Zen phone so it shouldn’t be rushing anywhere towards anything, in our opinion.
However, some of the phone models in this series already have Android Marshmallow and those phones are the ZenFone 2 Laser ZE500KL, the ZenFone 2 Laser ZE550KL and the ZenFone Max. The latter is famous for a very funny commercial Asus made for it where a rapper goes shopping but his phone battery is dying and he has to talk to person at the end of the line very fast so he speed raps about the available groceries. The moral of the commercial is that Asus ZenFone Max can last for 38 days on a single charge!
That is long! Even with a 5000 mAh battery, it’s still long! We don’t own a ZenFone Max so it would be ideal if somebody could confirm that it indeed lasts for that long.
But let’s get back to the update. Various reports state that it started receiving Android M. yesterday with the name WW_126.96.36.199.
The update implies that the device will be getting all of the awesome Marshmallow features like Now on Tap, Doze mode or per-app permissions but it will also be loosing some features that you may have come to love like Asus messaging, email and calendar.
This happened because Asus has been criticized for putting a lot of useless apps in their phones that take up space instead of just offering essential ones.
Now, this is very important. I you have an Asus smartphone, know that APP2SD is not compatible with Marshmallow. That means that you have to move your SD card apps to the phone before you upgrade the OS!