Android Pie is finally being distributed to Indian users of the ASUS ZenFone Max. This is after a beta update proved successful last February. ASUS promised to release the updates by April 15, and sure enough, the Android Pie version is now accessible to ASUS ZenFone Max users. Phones that will receive the update include the ZenFone Max Pro (M1) (ZB602KL), ZenFone Max Pro (M2) (ZB631KL), and ZenFone Max (M2) (ZB633KL).
Android Pie is the latest Android OS by Google, unveiled in August 2018. While some manufacturers were able to update quickly, ASUS was among those that needed time to wait for Pie versions stable enough for their devices. However, the wait took a bit of time, making the phones vulnerable to performance and security issues. This prompted ASUS to issue an apology to its ZenFone Max users for the delay.
A beta update was conducted last February to test the OS on the ZenFone Max handsets. The beta testing concluded with no issue, and ASUS issued a distribution deadline of April 15. This week, the updates began rolling out.
The Android Pie update for the ZenFone Max Pro (M1) (ZB602KL) is version number 16.2017.1903.050, while for the ZenFone Max (M2) (ZB633KL) the version number is 16.2018.1903.37. Both versions come with updated security patches.
The Android Pie update for the ZenFone Max Pro (M2) (ZB631KL) is version number 16.2017.1903.061. This update took a while longer than the other two variants. Also, instead of the latest security patch, the update contains the March security patch.
Aside from security patches, the Pie update also comes with new features, including Adaptive Battery, Magnifier, and App Actions. Adaptive Battery lets the phone learn what system resources to prioritize, for more efficient use of power. The Magnifier feature allows for easier copy-and-paste options. App Actions uses machine learning to help drive engagement and raise app visibility.
ASUS is distributing the updates over-the-air, which may take up to two weeks to reach all ZenFone Max handsets across India.