Late September, the final version of Android 6.0 Marshmallow was announced, followed by a roll out for select Nexus devices. With the final code of Android 6.0 available for download, the OEMs were able to work on delivering the update for their own terminals and today we have news from ASUS.
Earlier today, the Taiwan-based company posted a list of their devices that will get updated to Marshmallow on the ZenTalk forum. Without offering an estimated release date, ASUS said that Zenfone 2 (ZE550ML/ZE551ML), Zenfoe 2 Deluxe (ZE551ML), Zenfone 2 Laser (ZE500KG/ZE500KL/ZE550KL/ZE600KL/ZE601KL), Zenfone Selfie (ZD551KL), and Padfone S (PF500KL) will all get upgraded with Android 6.0.
Even though the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update is not as major as the transition from KitKat to Lollipop, the update brings quite a few changes and improvements. It brings a new granular app permissions system which allows you to give app permissions only when needed, Google Now On Tap for contextual information on what’s on the screen, Doze Mode for improved battery life, Deep Linking, automatic app data backup, support for using SD cards as default storage, Direct Share, and many more.
One thing to remember however, is that the list given may not be exhaustive, seeing as the ZenPad tablets released just a few months earlier, are not on the list. It remains to be seen if Asus will drop support for the devices so soon after bringing them to the market, or if it will add the tablets to the list at some stage in the future. Also waiting with bated breath will be owners of last year’s ZenFones, to see if Asus eventually decides to roll out Marshmallow for their devices as well. Either way, it will also be interesting to note how long it will take for Asus to roll out the Marshmallow updates to all ZenFone users globally.