For some reason, the adoption rate of Marshmallow by OEM has been very slow. The latest version of Android, the Android M or Marshmallow has a bunch of interesting features. But the reason for the slow and low adoption rate is the constraints imposed by the new Android APIs and the issues with backward compatibility. I have been updated to the Marshmallow promptly in my Nexus 5 and 7 (2013). My other mobiles are still stuck with Kit-Kat. Thankfully, ASUS is rolling out Marshmallow updates for a few of its ZenFone models.
The specific ZenFone models which have been promised the Android 6 update are
- ZenFone 2 (ZE550ML, ZE551ML)
- ZenFone 2 Deluxe (ZE551ML)
- ZenFone 2 Laser ( ZE500KL, ZE550KL, ZE601KL)
- ZenFone Selfie (ZD551KL)
- ZenFone Max (ZC550KL)
- ZenFone Zoom (ZX551ML)
You can check out my reviews from the links above in the list.
With this update, the ZenFones will get app permission management, battery doze, Google Now and the rest of the features we love with the Android M. Also the update will install Google Messenger, Calendar, and Gmail apps automatically on the mobiles. Asus’s equivalent apps, the ASUS Messenger, ASUS Mail and ASUS Calendar will also co-exist. But if you do a factory reset after updating to Android M, these Asus apps will be removed. You can get them back (if you are crazy and if you like them) by installing these apps from the Google Play store. The OTA update will be rolled out by the end of March 2016 in batches.