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Asus Zenfone 2 finally gets Android Marshmallow

Asus Zenfone 2 lineup gets new firmware update to Marshmallow
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After multiple delays, this handset that launched last year as the first sub-$300 smartphone to feature 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage gets Android 6.0.

Although most Zenfone 2 users are happy with their handsets, they all have to face the same problem - Asus' slowness when it comes to updating the software/firmware for its devices. Back in February, the company promised that the Zenfone 2 would get Marshmallow by the end of June. Now, Android 6.0 is finally hitting this popular family of mid-range devices.

As everyone should know by now, Android Marshmallow comes with Google Now on Tap, Doze mode, granular app permissions, various improvements to notifications and the interface, as well as minor tweaks and fixes. However, Asus also removed no less than 21 bloatware apps from the new firmware, including Omlet, Google Play Books, Jawbone Up, Mirror, Data Transfer, Yahoo Shopping, Zinio, and more. On the other hand, a few new apps will be pre-loaded, including Instagram and Facebook Messenger.

The version number of the new firmware is 4.21.40.134, but the package can be downloaded manually from Asus.com as well.

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Codrut Nistor, 2016-08-31 (Update: 2016-08-31)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.