Update [May 04, 2017]: Nougat is finally making its way to the Zenfone 3 Ultra in Japan. The update will let you have a go at all the latest features like multi-window support, improved Doze mode, bundled notifications and much more. Of course, ZenUI will be running atop of Android 7.0 Nougat. Since this is a large update, download over WiFi to save on data charges. If the update notification hasn’t come to your device yet, you may need to wait as it usually takes Asus a week or two to fully roll out the update.
Update [May 03, 2017]: Asus is seeding a new update to its flagship Zenfone 3 Deluxe. The update, which arrives as build V18.104.22.168, includes various enhancements to the camera like improved shutter speed, addition of CAF mode for focusing and also other improvements to network connectivity. Asus generally takes about a week or two fully roll out the update, so waiting a bit is required.
Update [April 21, 2017]: A new update carrying build number 22.214.171.124 is now starting to hit the Zenfone 3 Zoom (ZE553KL). Improvements to low light video quality along with image quality are included with this build. WiFi performance is also getting a boost in addition to other minor bug fixes and optimizations. If you haven’t received the update yet, check manually in Settings » About » System update. It usually takes a while, as Asus takes about a week or two to completely roll out the update.
Update [April 20, 2017]: A new update is rolling out to two variants of the Zenfone 3. The update arrives as version 14.2020.1703.28 for model numbers ZE520KL and ZE552KL. The update brings with it the usual set of bug fixes and system stability enhancements. It takes about a week for Asus to completely roll out the update, so if you haven’t already received the update notification, try heading over to Settings » About » System update and check manually from there.
Update [April 18, 2017]: Asus seems to have finally caught up with the competition with Nougat now actively seeding to its devices. The Zenfone 3 Laser is receiving its update to Nougat through build V14.2015.1701.13. In addition to the host of Nougat specific feature upgrades, Asus is now removing Audio Wizard, Splendid, System update and Flashlight from the all apps menu too and also removing the Shake Shake feature from ZenMotion apps.
The Zenfone 3 Zoom is still lagging behind with Marshmallow but got an incremental upgrade to version 126.96.36.199 _20170410. This update optimizes the auto exposure when taking pictures and further enhances the camera user experience. In addition to that, other minor performance tweaks are also included with this build.
Update [April 17, 2017]: Coming in as version 188.8.131.526, Asus is rolling out a new update to the Zenfone 3 Deluxe. The update is rolling out over the air and will take about a week to complete. The update installs the latest security patch and brings performance improvements to the camera too.
Update [January 19, 2017]: In some very sad news for Asus Zenfone 3 users, the company had to halt the rollout of its Nougat update, which was launched some 10 days ago. Asus hasn’t revealed a date when it could be resuming the Nougat distribution, but we hope it’s done sooner than later. Keep watching this space for more, as we will be sure to get you Nougat rollout resume news once it’s available.
Update [January 09, 2017]: Asus today released the Android 7.0 Nougat update the Zenfone 3. The Nougat OTA is already under gradual distribution, and is based on 7.0 Nougat build, not the latest one in 7.1.1. This is incredible news for Asus fans, as the company has been a bad performer in updates department for long time now, given the delay in Zenfone 2 Marshmallow update last year.
We don’t have the Zenfone 3 Nougat firmware or OTA with us right now, but rest be assured, we will be sure to share them with you once we get our hands on those downloads. Meanwhile, tap the ‘check for update’ button under Settings to see if you are already eligible for the Nougat update for your Zenfone 3.
Update [January 04, 2017]: While there has been no news from Asus as regards Android Nougat, the Zenfone 3 did receive a small update earlier today, which gets you October security patch on your device. We know, that pretty late — and lame — of Asus to launch the October patch in January, but what can you do, right?
Anyways, here’s a hoping that Asus is able to rollout Android 7.0 update by in February, as their Android 7.0 beta program is scheduled to end at the end of this month.
Original article: We are confident that Asus is currently testing the Android 7.0 Nougat update for its Zenfone 3 device, that goes by model no. Z016D in particular.
We just spotted the device on GFXbench running Android 7.0 Nougat build, and we know it’s an Asus build because it’s the Asus edition. If it was AOSP or CM14, you would see AOSP or CyanogenMod edition in place of Asus edition. Look for any old Motorola device, which has got CyanogenMod 14 to its name.
So, Asus is certainly testing the Android 7.0 update for the Zenfone 3 right now, and we it’s able to release the update pretty soon. Today, Samsung Nougat beta update also became available, following on the lines of Sony’s beta-first approach for major Android updates.
Also read: Asus Nougat update release
Here is the screenshot of Asus Zenfone 3 Nougat update under beta testing, as revealed by the GFXbench listing. Below that you will find an old listing where the device is running Android 6.0.1, Asus edition, implying that the Android 7.0 release with Asus edition is a real deal. You’d notice that while Marshmallow is wypm edition, Nougat is tpin edition.
Zenfone 3 running Nougat update, Asus edition
Zenfone 3 running Marshmallow, Asus edition
We expect Asus to release the Nougat update for the regular Zenfone 3 sets first, followed by the Zenfone 3 laser edition.