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ZenFone 4 Pie update: Android 9 beta hits download

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June 17, 2019: Owners of the ZenFone 4 model ZE554KL now have a software update that installs Android 9 Pie as version 16.0620.1905.10. The update, which is available over the air, also installs a new Android security patch and stability improvements.

Asus pulled the original announcement about the update, only to release a second one, where they confirmed that the update is in the beta channel right now. However, you can easily download and manually install the update on your ZenFone 4, here’s how.

ZenFone 4 Pie update beta

May 25, 2019: Asus has a new update for the ZenFone 4 Max and ZenFone 4 Selfie phones that install an AOSP-based version of Android 9 Pie beta. For the former, the update is targeting model ZC554KLand for the latter, the update is available for models ZB553KL and ZD553KL.

It’s worth noting that this version of Pie beta doesn’t include ZenUI, so if you are a fan, you might want to skip this update.

March 28, 2019: Asus is rolling out an update to the ZenFone 4 model ZE554KL with the latest Android security patch for March 2019. The update, which has version 15.0610.1903.26, also improves GMS to version 201812 r1, optimizes performances, and fixes bugs.

March 24, 2019: The ZenFone 4 Selfie and Selfie 4 Pro with model numbers ZD553KL and ZD552KL are receiving new software updates that install versions 15.0400.1903.508 and 71.50.395.80, respectively. The updates install new security patches, updates privacy setting and Google APPs.

The rollouts are available globally and since they are airborne, they will take some time before all units receive the download notification.

If you can figure your way around it, grab the download files in the respective tables below and install manually rather than wait for the OTA to arrive, probably later in the week.


Original article below:

Asus’ range of smartphones, like many other Android OEMs, isn’t that easy to keep track of. Besides the sheer number of devices the company has out there, it’s naming strategy is pretty much messed up like the Samsungs and Huawei’s of this world.

In August 2017, for instance, the company unveiled the ZenFone 4 series. Here, you’ll come across multiple ZenFone 4 devices, with some of them sharing the same name but with different specs (and model numbers). In this post, we give you a detailed coverage of the ZenFone 4 updates for the entire series, whose members include Asus ZenFone 4 Max (ZC554KL), ZenFone 4 Max (ZC520KL), ZenFone 4 Max Pro (ZC554KL), ZenFone 4 Max Plus (ZC554KL), ZenFone 4 (ZE554KL), ZenFone 4 Selfie (ZD553KL), ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (ZD552KL), ZenFone 4 Selfie (ZB553KL), and ZenFone 4 Selfie Lite (ZB553KL).

Software update news for the ZenFone 4 Pro are captured here.

Software update timeline

Asus ZenFone 4 ZE554KL update timeline

  • Android 9 Pie update is available
DateSoftware versionChangelog
17 June 201916.0620.1905.10 | Android 9Installs the stable version of Android 9 Pie and the latest Android security patch
25 March 201915.0610.1903.26 | Android 8.0March 2019 security patch and updated Google Mobile Services (GMS) to version 201812 r1
22 Jan 201915.0610.1901.22 | Android 8.0January 2019 security patch, updated Google Mobile Services (GMS) to version 201810, and optimizes system charging stability
06 Dec 201815.0610.1811.18 | Android 8.0Fixes internet connection issue, adds DSDV feature and improves system stability
22 Nov 201815.0609.1811.1 | Android 8.0November 2018 security patch, GPS optimizations, and Google Mobile Services (GMS) upgrade to version 8.0_201809
20 Aug 201815.0405.1807.120 | Android 8.0July 2018 security patch, screenshot optimization, and updated Google Mobile Services (GMS) to v8.0_201806
24 July 201815.0405.1806.118 | Android 8.0Fixes for car Bluetooth connectivity issues, messaging in Twin apps, and no home key feedback after unlocking the phone
9 July 201815.0405.1806.116 | Android 8.0Updates to Privacy Setting, Google security patch and Google Mobile Services (GMS) upgrade to version 8.0_201805
24 May 2o1815.0405.1804.107 | Android 8.0Privacy Setting update, Google security patch update, Google Mobile Services (GMS) upgrade to version 8.0_201803, Improve ZenUI Keyboard, and WiFi connection quality improved
27 Mar 201815.0405.1803.99 | Android 8.0Fix Wi-Fi roaming problem, Google security patch update, GMS upgrade and Improved Camera App stability.
22 Feb 201815.0405.1802.93 | Android 8.0System stability improvement on Phone rotating, Google security update for Spectre and Meltdown, and Fix gif mode loading wrong which results in animation darker issue.
31 Jan 201815.0405.1801.89 | Android 8.0Gallery app Update for Power Consumption Improvement, Update Google GMS, and Update Google Security Patch.
11 Jan 201815.0405.1712.83 | Android 8.0System Stability improvement, Fix voice cracking and glitching in outdoor mode, and Fix abnormal notification sound when making recordings.
29 Dec 201715.0405.1711.76 | Android 8.0Upgrade to Android O, Swipe up to All apps, all app icon could be changed, and More friendly setting UI design.

Asus ZenFone 4 Max ZC520KL update timeline

  • Android 8.1 Oreo now available
  • Android 9 Pie update expected in Q3 2019
DateSoftware versionChangelog
22 Oct 201815.2016.1809.407  | Android 8.1Installs Android 8.1 Oreo and ZenUI 5.0
13 Feb 201814.2016.1801.372 | Android 7.0Optimize recording quality on WhatsApp, Improve Camera Effect, and Update ASUS/Google Apps.
15 Jan 201814.2016.1712.367 | Android 7.0Optimize Camera APK stability, Update Google security patch and Update ASUS App.
11 Sep 201714.2016.1708.341 | Android 7.0Fix LED indicator delay issue when charging, Optimize BT headset quality, Optimize system stability.

Asus ZenFone 4 Max (Plus/Pro) ZC554KL update timeline

  • Android 9 Pie AOSP beta update is available
DateSoftware versionChangelog
15 May 201916.0200.1903.25 | Android 9Installs Android 9 Pie beta (AOSP) without ZenUI
19 Dec 201815.2016.1812.505 | Android 8.1December 2018 security patch, Updated GMS 8.1_201809, and Fix for indicator behavior issue for low-battery
15 Oct 201815.2016.1809.412 | Android 8.1Installs Android 8.1 Oreo and ZenUI 5.0
21 Aug 201814.2016.1807.237 | Android 7.0July 2018 Android security patch and updated Asus Apps
3 Apr 201814.2016.1803.233 | Android 7.0Enable CHT VoWiFi, Update Google Apps, and Update Security patch.
12 Mar 201814.2016.1803.232 | Android 7.0Update Google App and Update Google security patch
4 Dec 201714.2016.1711.215 | Android 7.0Update ASUS ZenUI 4.0, Enable CHT/FET/TST VoLTE&FET VoWIFI function, and Double tapping function improvement.
11 Jan 201814.2016.1712.226 | Android 7.0Enable TW GT Volte/VoWifi,  Optimize system stability, and Update Asus Camera APK.

Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro ZD552KL update timeline

  • Android 8.1 Oreo not available
  • Android 9 Pie update is expected
DateSoftware versionChangelog
22 Mar 201971.50.395.80 | Android 7.1March 2019 security patch
25 Jan 201971.50.395.77 | Android 7.1January 2019 security patch and improved system performance
21 Nov 201871.50.395.69 | Android 7.1November 2018 security patch and improved system performance
27 Feb 201871.40.376.21 | Android 7.1UpdateGoogle security patch, Adjust PWS Settings UI to meet NCC requirement, Support several languages input methods (India only), UpdateCHT VoWiFi MBN for VoWiFi long call issue, Update GPS google SUPL certificate and Fixed GPS MC_RESET issue
23 Jan 201812.40.273.128 | Android 7.1System upgrade
28 Sep 201711.40.208.77 | Android 7.0Add AF-C and effect hint in camera info, Improvement show picture speed and clear experience, and Several apps update.

Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie ZD553KL update timeline

  • Android 9 Pie AOSP beta update is available
DateSoftware versionChangelog
23 May 201916.0200.1903.16 | Android 9 betaInstalls Android 9 Pie beta (AOSP) without ZenUI
21 Mar 201915.0400.1903.508 | Android 8.1This update brings a new security patch, updates privacy setting and Google APPs
16 Jan 201915.0400.1901.504  | Android 8.1Updates Privacy Setting, Google Apps, and Android security patch
12 Oct 201815.0400.1809.405 | Android 8.1Installs Android 8.1 Oreo and ZenUI 5.0
19 Mar 201814.0400.1803.192 | Android 7.0Updated google patch and Added more ASUS default lockscreen wallpaper.
13 Feb 201814.0400.1802.190 | Android 7.0Improved focus accuracy in video zoom and February Google Security patch.
10 Jan 201814.0400.1801.186 | Android 7.0Update Google security patch, Improve front camera performance and Improve phone connecting stability.
30 Oct 201714.0400.1710.168 | Android 7.0Improved camera quality

Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie Lite ZB553KL update timeline

  • Android 9 Pie AOSP beta is now available
DateSoftware versionChangelog
23 May 201916.0200.1903.16 | Android 9 betaInstalls Android 9 Pie beta (AOSP) without ZenUI
11 Oct 201815.0400.1809.405 | Android 8.1Installs Android 8.1 Oreo and ZenUI 5.0
26 July 201814.0400.1806.203 | Android 7.0Installs the latest Android security patch and improves system stability
19 Mar 201814.0400.1803.192 | Android 7.0Updated google patch and added more ASUS default lockscreen wallpaper.
10 Jan 201814.0400.1801.186 | Android 7.0Update Google security patch, Improve front camera performance and Improve phone connecting stability.
14 Dec 201714.0400.1707.181 | Android 7.0Improved camera quality

ZenFone 4 Android 9 Pie update

  • Android 9 Pie expected in Q2/Q3 2019

Asus is quite good with software updates. The entire ZenFone 3 series got at least one major OS upgrade and another set has been upgraded to Android Oreo. This is exactly what we expect with respect to the ZenFone 4 handsets, where not all of them might receive Android Pie updates. But of course, this is just making an educated guess, but we hope Asus will make its Pie plans official sooner or later.

DeviceCurrent OSAndroid 9 Pie update status
Asus Zenfone 4 ZE554KLAndroid 9 PieReleased on June 17, 2019
Asus ZenFone 4 Max ZC520KLAndroid 8.1Expected in Q3 2019
Asus Zenfone 4 Max (Pro) ZC554KLAndroid 8.1Expected in Q3 2019, beta available
Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro ZD552KLAndroid 7.0Not expected
Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie ZD553KLAndroid 8.1Expected in Q3 2019, beta available
Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie Lite ZB553KLAndroid 8.1Expected in Q3 2019, beta available

What are your thoughts on Asus software updates, especially with regard to Android Pie update for ZenFone 4 series?

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