Launched in June 2019 with Android 9.0 on board, the ZenFone 6 will be Asus’ first smartphone to migrate to Android 11. An update is already effective in Taiwan, the manufacturer’s country of origin, and which should arrive here shortly.
Android 11 arrives on Asus smartphones, and it is the ZenFone 6 that will benefit from it first, before the ZenFone 7 and ZenFone 7 Pro or even the ROG Phone 3, yet launched in 2020. This decision by Asus is more appropriate. against the grain since the most recent smartphones from each manufacturer are often the ones that inherit the latest updates from Android first.
This is particularly the case for Sony, which recently deployed Android 11 on its Xperia 1 II, available since last June and initially equipped with Android 10 Q. Same approach, but on a larger scale for Samsung, which recently launched the deployment of the latest version of Android on many mobiles, but leaving aside the Galaxy S10 family for the moment.
An update on track for a while
As we indicated in September, the ZenFone 6 was nevertheless the first Asus smartphone to inherit the beta of Android 11. It is therefore only logical that it will be the first to run the final version of the OS. that Asus has slightly resized to add its ZenUI interface. The latter also takes the opportunity to display some new features and remove some superfluous elements.
We will therefore have to deal with a new interface, the design of which has been redesigned, but also new parameters for the history of notifications. The conversation bubbles introduced with Android 11 are also part of the game. Among the deletions: the PowerMaster module has been replaced by Android’s battery settings, support for icon packs is no longer and the Avast antivirus, previously available by default to scan your device for research malware, was also asked to pack.
According to XDA Developers, Asus has started deploying the final version of Android 11 on its ZenFone in Taiwan. The other markets, including Europe, should therefore be able to benefit from it fairly quickly, probably in the coming days.