This 9.7-inch slate that arrived on the market last August gets Android 7.0 via OTA, the new firmware dropping some of the preinstalled apps in addition to the usual changes that come when moving from Marshmallow to Nougat.
Asus launched the ZenPad 3S 10 last summer, in August. This 9.7-inch slate arrived as a Marshmallow-loaded iPad Air alternative, and it took a while for it to get Android 7.0, but now the Nougat update for the Asus ZenPad 3S 10 (Z500M) is finally rolling out.
According to Asus ZenTalk, the new software was released on June 29, and its version number is 14.0210.1706.20. The official changelog is quite long and, in addition to the Nougat stuff everyone would expect, such as new emojis, improved notifications, enhanced Doze mode, and so on, it also comes with a few Asus-only tweaks and fixes.
After applying the update, the user should notice that Game Genie has been added, while multiple redundant shortcuts and settings went away - for example "Audio Wizard" or "Splendid" from the apps menu. Those who use the Easy mode, a Launcher app menu shows after upgrading so they need to select the default launcher again.
The new firmware rolls out via OTA so those who did not receive the automatic notification yet should go ahead and perform a manual check to initiate the software update.
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