Update [February 12, 2018]: After South America, Asus has now turned attention to Asia, where those in India are now receiving Android Oreo on both variants of the ZenFone 3 – ZE520KL and ZE552KL. Other than installing Oreo, we still don’t know much about the rest of the changelog, however, those who have already installed the new OS are currently reporting a number of issues as listed below:
- App lock keeps locking apps even when in use.
- Camera quality has reduced.
- Poor audio quality when recording videos.
- Weird-looking lockscreen clock widget style.
- App notifications are messed up.
- Increased battery consumption.
- Poor performance when playing games and other intensive tasks, including lower frame rates.
- Play Store downloads won’t start unless forced to by closing the mobile manager.
- Twin apps issues with WhatsApp.
Of course, this is a new build and usually, the device takes time to optimize performance based on the new OS. If anything, most of these issues should disappear after a while. Alternatively, doing a factory reset after the update might help fix them, otherwise, ZenFone 3 users might have to wait for Asus to roll out fixes for the mentioned issues via another software update.
Update [January 29, 2018]: The Oreo update for the ZenFone 3, model no. ZE552KL, is now rolling out in Brazil. More details have been added below.
Asus launched the ZenFone 3 handset back in 2016 on Marshmallow, but even though not exactly in timely fashion, the company did roll out Nougat OS update for all of its ZenFone 3 series of sets.
Now, we expect the company to release the Android Oreo update to the ZenFone 3 handsets too, and Asus on their part have confirmed it too that they plan to release Oreo for both the ZenFone 4 and ZenFone 3 series.
And we just got a glimpse of how the Oreo update would look like on ZenFone 3. Yep, thanks to a ZenFone 3 running Oreo leaking out on the web today, we can be sure that the update is not only in the works but is nearly final build too that Asus could roll out to the public soon (soon here could mean 2 months actually).
Check out the Android 8.0 Oreo update for ZenFone 3 in screenshots below.
ZenFone 3 Oreo release date
The Oreo for ZenFone 3 is now rolling out in Brazil, as on January 29, 2018. The software version of the Android 8.0 OTA is WW_15.0410.1712.31_0 and it comes with December 2017 security patch.