Taiwanese device maker Asus is known locally for its computers than it is for mobile devices. This is despite the company releasing quite a number of interesting mobile devices in the past ranging from the Transformer tablet series to its current lineup of Android smartphones.
The reason for that may boil down to the company’s zero presence in the local mobile market. Sure, Asus smartphones can be spotted in various retail outlets (both online and offline) from time to time but their impact in the market, if any, is negligible at best.
While that is so, the handful of Kenyans who have Asus smartphones will probably be happy to know that the company plans to update quite a number of its devices this year.
According to a moderator’s post on Asus forums, these are the smartphones it will be upgrading to Android 9 Pie:
- ZenFone 4 Max (ZC554KL)
- ZenFone 4 Selfie (ZD553KL)
- ZenFone 4 Max (ZC520KL)
- ZenFone Live (ZB553KL)
- ZenFone 4 Max (ZB520KL)
- ZenFone Max Plus (M1) Clear Soft Bumper (ZB570TL)
- ZenFone 5Q (ZC600KL)
- ZenFone Live (L1) Clear Soft Bumper (ZA550KZ / ZA551KL)
- ZenFone Max Pro (ZB602KL)
- ZenFone Max Pro (ZB601KL)
- ZenFone Max (M1) Clear Soft Bumper (ZB555KL / ZB556KL)
- ZenFone 5 (ZE620KL)
- ZenFone 5Z (ZS620KL)
- ASUS ROG Phone (ZS600KL)
- ZenFone Max Pro (M2) Clear Soft Bumper (ZB631KL/ ZB630KL)
- ZenFone Max (M2) Clear Soft Bumper (ZB633KL / ZB632KL)
Notably missing out from the above list are the Asus ZenFone 4 and ZenFone 4 Pro.
Launched back in August 2017, the two devices have just crossed the 18 month mark that some Android device makers guarantee updates for. Then again, the ZenFone 4 Max and ZenFone 4 Selfie (pictured above) in their numerous variations were also launched at the same time so, what’s not happening?
Asus has not provided a timeline as to when users of the devices listed above can expect the Android Pie update. It has not confirmed in what order the said devices will be receiving the update either so it is a wait and see game.