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Asus arrests development for its Zenfone 4 Android Pie update

The Asus ZenFone 4 will not see a stable Android Pie update. (Source: CNET)
The Asus ZenFone 4 will not see a stable Android Pie update. (Source: CNET)
Asus had included the Zenfone 4 in its plans to update older phones to Android Pie (9.0). However, this device has just been excluded from this schedule. The OEM claims that this will conserve the 4's system integrity and general function, however.

Asus had recently revealed plans to upgrade the Zenfone 4 and 5 series to Android 9.0 (Pie). This may have been good news for those who own these slightly older devices and find them stuck on stock Oreo (8.x) at best. Unfortunately, the OEM has walked this commitment back in relation to one of these phones: the Zenfone 4.

Despite this phone's fairly decent mid-range specs, Asus now suggests that it needs to stay on Oreo for the sake of its "stability and performance". Ironically, however, the company had gotten as far as to produce a Pie beta for this device prior to apparently giving up on it.

Asus' message on this subject, posted to its official ZenTalk forum, made no mention of the Zenfone 4's Pro, Selfie Pro or Max variants: therefore, these phones may still be on track for a stable Pie update. This latest development is particularly ironic in the face of the Zenfone 5Z's new beta for Android 10, not to mention examples of even older phones that have already received their Android Pie update.

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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-10-25 (Update: 2019-10-25)
Deirdre O'Donnell
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.