Asus has confirmed that it will roll out the official stable release of Android 9 Pie software for the Zenfone Max Pro M1, ZenFone Max Pro M2 and ZenFone Max M2 phones latest by April 15 – FYI, Asus was supposed to roll out the update sooner. Although Asus isn’t saying what took it so long, it says the update will be worth the wait.
“We deeply apologize for missing our previously announced deadline for the Android Pie update. We promise it won’t be the same this time around. We’re bringing the Android Pie to the Zenfone Max Pro M1, Zenfone Max Pro M2 and Zenfone Max M2 latest by April 15th. Thank you all for your patience and continuous support. We promise this Pie will be worth the wait,” Asus said in a press statement adding that Zenfone Max Pro M1 and Zenfone Max Pro M2 users can still try out the software in beta.
The Android Pie beta update will give Zenfone Max Pro M1 and Zenfone Max Pro M2 users in India “access to early updates for feedback and testing, so that the official Android Pie update is served as delicious and stable.”
The main USP of the Zenfone Max Pro M1, ZenFone Max Pro M2 and ZenFone Max M2 phones is that they run a stock version of Android unlike say the ZenFone 5Z that has Asus’ ZenUI – note that the ZenFone 5Z has already been updated to Android Pie which seems a little out of place since normally you’d expect a phone with stock Android to be updated first.
The Android 9 Pie update should bring core Android Pie features like navigation gesture support, adaptive RAM, battery and display management, in addition to Google’s Digital Well-Being functionality to Asus phones. It will be interesting to see if Asus has some additional features planned for the Zenfone Max Pro M1, ZenFone Max Pro M2 and ZenFone Max M2 with the upcoming update.
In other news, Asus is also gearing to launch its nextt-generation ZenFone 6Z flagship phone on May 16 - that phone is expected to run Zen UI though.