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Asus ZenFone 6 update: New build improves brings ARcore support, 8X zoom, and more

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August 21, 2019: A new update is now rolling out for the ZenFone 6, coming as software version 16.1220.1908.189 (via XDA). The update brings a lot of bug-fixes, and also the security patches for the months of July and August 2019. The update is available for the European and Global units, and here’s its official changelog from Asus:

  • Video call tuning parameters updated.
  • Supported more 18 settings in smart key.
  • Updated audio parameter & quality Improved.
  • General system & app stability improved.
  • Optimized Translation Strings
  • 2019 Jul. & Aug. security patch level updated
  • GMS_9_0_201906_r1 updated
  • Preload new Rajiko & HybridRadio APK for JP
  • Preload new Netflix APK for BR

With the .189 build, ZenFone 6 now has a new feature called Smart Keys, that allows you to quickly perform a lot of functions of the smartphone pretty easily.

Besides the above, you also get a Google Lens shortcut in the Camera app, and lastly, Call Volume ‘Optimization’, that lets you set the volume level to Comfortable so that you don’t have the change the volume during a call to suit the surrounding you are in. So, that’s a pretty hefty update with a longer than usual changelog.

July 01, 2019: Asus is rolling out a new software update, build WW_16.1210.1906.156, for the ZenFone 6 (6z in India) where it enables support for ARCore for the device, and also brings in various improvements for the quality of photos and videos, video call experience, and screenshot function. The update also installs June security patch. On the camera front, users will not have 8X zoom feature, ability to start/stop video recording with volume keys, better noise reduction, smoother flip motion of the camera, and better Full HD video recording.

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Asus ZenFone 6 update timeline

DateSoftware version (download)Android OSChangelog
21 Aug 201916.1220.1908.189Android 9July and August 2019 security patch, Androids new features like Smart Keys, Call Volume Optimization, Google Lens shortcut (in the camera app), updated GMS, and improves audio quality, video call wuality, and more.
01 Jul 201916.1210.1906.156Android 9The update adds 8X zoom feature, ability to start/stop video recording with volume keys, better noise reduction, smoother flip motion of the camera, and better Full HD video recording, optimized screenshot, better video call experience, ARCore support, and June 2019 security patch.
06 Jun 201916.1210.1904.133Android 9Adds Super Night mode to the ultra-wide angle lens, Improves camera rotation stability, Optimizes the headphone sound quality, and more
28 May 201916.1210.1904.116Android 9Enables “Night mode” on the selfie camera, Enhances the benchmark performance (it is recommended to open AI Boost and start benchmark), Improves system stability, and more
26 May 201916.1210.1904.115Android 9Improved image processing speed and quality in Super Night Mode and HDR++, improved camera rotation stability, updates to the default wallpaper and ringtone, and more

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