The ZenFone Max Pro M2 is now receiving the Android Pie beta update in India, Asus said in a statement on Saturday. The update is being rolled out under the company’s Beta Power User program and Asus is quick to caution that users must download it at their own discretion, as is the case with all such beta software updates.
The Android Pie beta update will give Asus 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 Android Pie beta update comes just a couple of days after Asus rolled out a new FOTA update for the ZenFone Max Pro M2, that brought among other things, the latest January 2019 Android security patch. The beta update also comes days after Asus started rolling out the stable Android Pie update for its flagship ZenFone 5Z phone. Asus does not say when the ZenFone Max Pro M2 will get the stable Android Pie update but hopefully it should be soon, now that the software is out in beta.
The main USP of the ZenFone Max Pro M2, like its predecessor phone ZenFone Max Pro M1, is that it runs a stock version of Android unlike say the ZenFone 5Z that has Asus’ ZenUI. Although Asus has thrown in some in-house stuff, the software inside the ZenFone Max Pro M2 is pretty much similar to what you get in the Google Pixel. The ZenFone Max Pro M2, to refresh, runs stock Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box.
The Android 9 Pie beta 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. It would be interesting to see if Asus has some additional features planned for the ZenFone Max Pro M2 with the new update. Asus seems to have re-worked on the photography aspects in the Pie update for ZenFone 5Z, in addition to bringing an “all-new contextual pop-up volume bar and a new Magnifier feature for easier copy-and-paste, and many more.”