Expect a bunch of Marshmallow updates to roll out to Asus phones in Q2

When Asus publicly tackled names of devices with Android 6.0 on the way and update timelines for the first time, it forgot two crucial things that greatly displeased ZenFone and ZenPad owners. Specifically, no actual schedule was announced, and both seasoned veterans and promising rookies were excluded from the list.

But now, the Marshmallow-ready roster has grown by a couple, and more importantly, we have a (vague) deadline to look forward to. Unfortunately, you still need to wait until at least April to see the ZenFone 2 brought to date as far as software goes.

We’re guessing the hugely successful upper mid-range, relatively affordable ZE550ML and ZE551ML configurations of the ZenFone 2 will receive M goodies first in Q2, followed shortly by ZenFone 2 Deluxe, Deluxe Special Edition, and Laser derivations.

The ZenFone Selfie, Max, Zoom and even the ancient PadFone S are also due for paramount UI makeovers between April and June, which sounds like a lot of work from the Taiwanese device manufacturer’s software engineers. Especially as the ZenUI is currently very heavy on “bloat”, though that’s set to change, with the Asus Messenger, Mail and Calendar apps replaced by Google Messenger, Calendar, and Gmail by default.

Still missing from the inventory of Asus gadgets to ultimately earn Marshmallow promotions? Well, we can’t forget first-gen ZenFones just yet, the ultra-low-cost ZE500CL ZenFone 2 model, Fonepads or ZenPads. But Asus never said they won’t score their own 6.0 bundles of joy. It’s simply unlikely to happen before July.

Source: Asus ZenTalk

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