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ZenFone 4 Android Pie update and other news: Oreo 8.1 update for Selfie and Max models now available

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 Huaweis 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.

ZenFone 4 Android 9 Pie update

  • Android 9 Pie expected in Q4 2018
  • Asus has yet to make official Pie plans

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.

Device Current OS Android 9 Pie update status
Asus Zenfone 4 ZE554KL Android 8.0 Expected in Q1 2019
Asus ZenFone 4 Max Plus ZC554KL Android 7.0 Unknown
Asus ZenFone 4 Max ZC520KL Android 7.0 Unknown
Asus Zenfone 4 Max (Pro) ZC554KL Android 8.1 Unknown
Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro ZD552KL Android 7.0 Unknown
Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie ZD553KL Android 8.1 Unknown
Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie Lite ZB553KL Android 8.1 Unknown

ZenFone 4 Android 8.0 Oreo update

  • Available as from 29 January 2018
  • Update rolling out to more ZenFone 4 handsets as of Q4 2018

On December 29, 2017, Asus released the Oreo update for the standard ZenFone 4, model no. ZE554KL and on March 12, 2018, the company started seeding the Oreo update for the ZenFone 4 Pro, model no. ZS551KL. The Android 8.0 build adds a gesture feature to the launcher where you now swipe up from the bottom to open the all apps screen. Besides that, the ZenFone 4 Pro also gets ‘long screenshot’ function, while the cast option is being replaced by ‘Play To’ function. Lastly, Asus says the power consumption has been improved too.

Device Oreo Update Eligibility Expected release
Asus Zenfone 4 ZE554KL Eligible Released on 29 Dec 2017
Asus ZenFone 4 Max Plus ZC554KL Eligible Q3 2018
Asus ZenFone 4 Max ZC520KL Eligible Q3 2018
Asus Zenfone 4 Max (Pro) ZC554KL Eligible Released on 15 October 2018
Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro ZD552KL Eligible Q3 2018
Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie ZD553KL Eligible Released on 11 October 2018
Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie Lite ZB553KL Not confirmed Released on 11 October 2018

Other models of Asus ZenFone 4 should be receiving Android Oreo update soon. Here are our predicted Oreo release dates for all ZenFone 4 handsets.

Asus ZenFone 4 ZE554KL update timeline

  • Android 8.0 Oreo update available as of 29 December 2017
  • Android 9 Pie update expected in Q1 2019
Date Software version Changelog
20 Aug 2018 15.0405.1807.120 | Android 8.0 July 2018 security patch, screenshot optimization, and updated Google Mobile Services (GMS) to v8.0_201806
24 July 2018 15.0405.1806.118 | Android 8.0 Fixes for car Bluetooth connectivity issues, messaging in Twin apps, and no home key feedback after unlocking the phone
9 July 2018 15.0405.1806.116 | Android 8.0 Updates to Privacy Setting, Google security patch and Google Mobile Services (GMS) upgrade to version 8.0_201805
24 May 2o18 15.0405.1804.107 | Android 8.0 Privacy 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 2018 15.0405.1803.99 | Android 8.0 Fix Wi-Fi roaming problem, Google security patch update, GMS upgrade and Improved Camera App stability.
22 Feb 2018 15.0405.1802.93 | Android 8.0 System 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 2018 15.0405.1801.89 | Android 8.0 Gallery app Update for Power Consumption Improvement, Update Google GMS, and Update Google Security Patch.
11 Jan 2018 15.0405.1712.83 | Android 8.0 System Stability improvement, Fix voice cracking and glitching in outdoor mode, and Fix abnormal notification sound when making recordings.
29 Dec 2017 15.0405.1711.76 | Android 8.0 Upgrade 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 8.0 Oreo expected in Q3 or Q4 2018
  • Android 9 Pie update status still unknown
Date Software version Changelog
13 Feb 2018 14.2016.1801.372 | Android 7.0 Optimize recording quality on WhatsApp, Improve Camera Effect, and Update ASUS/Google Apps.
15 Jan 2018 14.2016.1712.367 | Android 7.0 Optimize Camera APK stability, Update Google security patch and Update ASUS App.
11 Sep 2017 14.2016.1708.341 | Android 7.0 Fix LED indicator delay issue when charging, Optimize BT headset quality, Optimize system stability.

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

  • Android 8.1 Oreo now available
  • Android 9 Pie update status still unknown
Date Software version Changelog
15 Oct 2018 15.2016.1809.412 | Android 8.1 Installs Android 8.1 Oreo and ZenUI 5.0
21 Aug 2018 14.2016.1807.237 | Android 7.0 July 2018 Android security patch and updated Asus Apps
3 Apr 2018 14.2016.1803.233 | Android 7.0 Enable CHT VoWiFi, Update Google Apps, and Update Security patch.
12 Mar 2018 14.2016.1803.232 | Android 7.0 Update Google App and Update Google security patch
4 Dec 2017 14.2016.1711.215 | Android 7.0 Update ASUS ZenUI 4.0, Enable CHT/FET/TST VoLTE&FET VoWIFI function, and Double tapping function improvement.
11 Jan 2018 14.2016.1712.226 | Android 7.0 Enable TW GT Volte/VoWifi,  Optimize system stability, and Update Asus Camera APK.

Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro ZD552KL update timeline

  • Android 8.0 Oreo expected in Q3 or Q4 2018
  • Android 9 Pie update status still unknown
Date Software version Changelog
27 Feb 2018 71.40.376.21 | Android 7.0 UpdateGoogle 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 2018 12.40.273.128 | Android 7.0 System upgrade
28 Sep 2017 11.40.208.77 | Android 7.0 Add 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 8.1 Oreo update available
  • Android 9 Pie update status still unknown
Date Software version Changelog
11 Oct 2018 15.0400.1809.405 | Android 8.1 Installs Android 8.1 Oreo and ZenUI 5.0
19 Mar 2018 14.0400.1803.192 | Android 7.0 Updated google patch and Added more ASUS default lockscreen wallpaper.
13 Feb 2018 14.0400.1802.190 | Android 7.0 Improved focus accuracy in video zoom and February Google Security patch.
10 Jan 2018 14.0400.1801.186 | Android 7.0 Update Google security patch, Improve front camera performance and Improve phone connecting stability.
30 Oct 2017 14.0400.1710.168 | Android 7.0 Improved camera quality

Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie Lite ZB553KL update timeline

  • Android 8.1 Oreo now available
  • Android 9 Pie update status still unknown
Date Software version Changelog
11 Oct 2018 15.0400.1809.405 | Android 8.1 Installs Android 8.1 Oreo and ZenUI 5.0
26 July 2018 14.0400.1806.203 | Android 7.0 Installs the latest Android security patch and improves system stability
19 Mar 2018 14.0400.1803.192 | Android 7.0 Updated google patch and added more ASUS default lockscreen wallpaper.
10 Jan 2018 14.0400.1801.186 | Android 7.0 Update Google security patch, Improve front camera performance and Improve phone connecting stability.
14 Dec 2017 14.0400.1707.181 | Android 7.0 Improved camera quality

This post was last modified on October 21, 2018, 7:10 pm

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