Asus Android Nougat update: Will yours get it?

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Let’s start with one cold truth about Asus and updates: you cannot expect Nougat on even devices that aren’t yet two years old. That’s a bad way to start about the Nougat roadmap, but however astonishing that may seem, it’s the truth. Here’s why.

The company played it totally lame with the Marshmallow update, period. Not only the likes of Zenfone 5 were left out of the update, which raises doubts on Zenfone 2 Nougat update as well, but those that received it had to make do with serious issues having negative impact device’s day to day usage.

So, quite admittedly, when it comes to Nougat release, we don’t have any high expectations from Asus at this moment. We hope that changes, but until Asus is able to update its latest flagship in Zenfone 3– and its so many variants — to Nougat, in a timely manner, without issues after the update and such, it’s just futile to be excited about Nougat release from Asus.

Also read: Redmi Note 3 Nougat release

Here’s what we think about the Nougat scenarios with respect to Asus devices. Which one will get it? And also when could you expect Android 7.0 to release?

Asus Nougat update release

Here’s what and how we expect the Asus Nougat release. We don’t think any devices other than Zenfone will be given Nougat love. And we’re not baseless in our ice-cold assumption, just look at the Asus devices which received Marshmallow — it’s hard to find non-Zenfone 2 sets therein.

It will be really ironical when the device released in 2016 itself — the same year as Google released the Nougat update — won’t be bestowed Nougat blessing.

DeviceAndroid 7.0 NougatRelease Date
Zenfone 3 Deluxe ZS570KLYesQ1 2017
Zenfone 3 Laser ZC551KLYesQ1 2017
Zenfone 3 Max ZC520TLYesQ1 2017
Zenfone 3 Ultra ZU680KLYesQ1 2017
Zenfone 3 ZE520KLYesQ1 2017
Zenfone 3 ZE552KLYesQ1 2017
Zenfone 2 Deluxe ZE551MLEligible, unlikelyNA
Zenfone 2 Laser ZE551KLEligible, unlikelyNA
Zenfone 2 ZE500CLEligible, unlikelyNA
Zenfone 4 A450CGNot eligibleNA
Zenfone 5 A500KLNot eligibleNA
Zenfone 5 Lite A502CGNot eligibleNA
Zenfone 6 A600CGNot eligibleNA
Zenfone C ZC451CGNot eligibleNA
Zenfone Max ZC550KLEligible, likelyNA
Zenfone Max ZC550KL (2016)Eligible, likelyNA
Zenfone Selfie ZD551KLNot eligibleNA
Zenfone Zoom ZX550Not eligibleNA
Zenfone Zoom ZX551MLEligible, unlikelyNA
Zenfone Go ZB450KLEligible, unlikelyNA
Zenfone Go ZC500TGEligible, unlikelyNA
Zenfone Pegasus 3Not eligibleNA
PadFone SNot eligibleNA
PadFone XNot eligibleNA
Pegasus 2 PlusEligible, unlikelyNA

What are your thoughts on this?

Zenfone 3 Nougat update

Well, we included only Zenfone 3 and its variants in our list of Asus Nougat devices. Although not confirmed by Asus (a moderator did edit the thread at Asus forums which mentions Zenfone 3 sets, BTW, so it’s some word on this), the Zenfone 3 sets were released only a while ago, and are company’s flagship sets, making them obviously compulsory for Asus to release Android 7.0 Nougat on.

But the timing of the release date is what that matters the most now. With Marshmallow and Zenfone 2, it was bad. It took company more than size months or so to bring the update to Zenfone 2. While some of the variants of Zenfone 2 received it earlier, it wasn’t any early: we’re talking Q2 2016.

Also read: OnePlus 2 Nougat release

We would hope Asus is able to release the Nougat update for Zenfone 3 by Q1 2017. That’s not early by any means, though, let us tell you that, as we’re expecting Galaxy S7 Nougat release by October, while that for Galaxy S6 (2015) by December or January.

HTC has promised to update its three devices in HTC 10, One M9 and One A9, to Nougat, before the end of this carrier, including all carriers version in US — which is great! While Asus is yet to comment on its plans. Sony too has come forward with a list of devices to receive Nougat update.

Anyway, all Zenfone 3 variants should be receiving the Nougat update, no matter when it arrives, including: Zenfone 3 Deluxe, Zenfone 3 Laser, Zenfone 3 Max and Zenfone 3 Ultra.

Zenfone 2 Nougat update

Given Asus’ records, well, this is all we’d say: Zenfone 2 users will be lucky if they get to run Android 7.0 Nougat officially.

Sure, they would get to enjoy their share of Android 7.0 fun via ROM like CM14, which is a custom ROM that we expect to be available for many devices. But that unofficial update is not what you seek, right?

Also read: Galaxy S6 CM14 and S7 CM14

Last year, Marshmallow released back in October, and it took Asus their flagship in Zenfone 2 until August 31 to update to 6.0.1. Lame, isn’t it? Nexus devices were running official Nougat update by then!

All the while, company’s very successful devices like Zenfone 5 were left untreated to Android 6.0.1. This is hardly acceptable. Released back in April 2014 — with KitKat, which was a lame start, of course when Lollipop was available for 7-8 months — the device should be getting updates released within two years of its release. But no, it’s Asus for you.

So, there are slimmest of chances Zenfone 2 users will get to run official Android 7.0 update.

Zenfone 4, 5, 6 Nougat update

Even though these devices are Asus hits — one that made many fans for the company, and gave Zenfone 2 an excitement, and goo start at launch, only to be ruined first by bugs/issues with the device, only increased by updates — and were yet to cross two years of age when Marshmallow released, Asus these didn’t bring 6.0 love to them all.

So, there is no chance of Nougat update by either, which is actually fine too.

Also read: Moto G2 Nougat release


When do you expect Asus to start rolling out the Nougat update for Zenfone 3 sets?

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