Owners of the ZenFone 2 were envious because Asus has released Android 6.0 Marshmallow for the ZenFone Zoom and ZenFone Selfie months ago and they thought that their device will never be spoiled with this kind of love. Their wait is over, because Asus is now rolling out Android 6.0 Marshmallow to ZenFone 2 (ZE550ML, ZE551ML), and users will receive the update in stages.
The new update (18.104.22.168) for ZenFone 2 was awaited by many users, but they were in total shock after finding out that no less than 21 applications have been removed, which means that they no longer come pre-loaded with Android 6.0 (Marshmallow).
The list of applications that will not be present after the update includes: ASUS Backup, Data Transfer, Dr. Eye (TW SKU), Jawbone UP, EZTABLE (TW SKU), Google Play Books, Google Play Games, Google Play Newsstand, 9. Google+, Mirror, Omlet, Party Link, PC Link, Photo Frame, Remote Link, TripAdvisor, What’s Next, Yahoo Shopping (TW SKU), ZenFlash (but you can download it from Google Play), Zinio and Asus Game center.
Also, multi-user and SnapView are gone, but users are able to remove Asus’ pre-loaded apps such as Email, Calendar, Messaging, Browser and Music after Factory Reset, and replace them with Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Messenger, Chrome and Google Play Music. On the other hand, new features and apps have been added, including Facebook, Facebook messenger and Instagram.
Both the variants of the ZenFone 2 have a 5.5-inch display, but ZE550ML comes with weaker specs, such as a lower resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, an Intel Atom Z3560 chipset with a quad-core 1.8 GHz processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, expandable up to 256GB, alongside a primary camera of 13 MP with autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash and a secondary camera of 5MP. The battery is non-removable and has an acceptable capacity of 3000mAh.
On the other hand, the ZE551ML variant has the same cameras and battery, but the screen resolution if Full HD and the internal configuration consists of an Intel Atom Z3580 chipset, a quad-core 2.3 GHz processor and 4GB of RAM, plus three variants of storage: 16/32/64. There is also a version that uses the same hardware as the ZE550ML.