Hardware choice is typically a good thing, and it’s an essential part of the very solid foundation on which the diverse Android ecosystem was created and continues to thrive on, but there is such a thing as too much choice.

Call it brand dilution, lack of focus or fuzzy product release strategy if you will, but voice your frustration over it, as it inherently leads to OS fragmentation and tardy software support. Case in point, the six (not-so) different Asus ZenFone 2 models, the arguably most popular of which was left waiting for a Marshmallow update until after Nougat’s Nexus debut.

Today, at long last, the official over-the-air Android 6.0 rollout for the ZE551ML is starting, bringing standard 2 and 4GB RAM ZenFone 2 configurations with 5.5-inch Full HD screens just one step behind the times after Laser, Max, Zoom and Selfie-labeled derivations.

That’s a completely unacceptable timeline, and Asus even missed its own deadline by a couple of months, but at least it’s happening, and loads of previously pre-installed apps are removed in the process. Say goodbye to Dr. Eye, Jawbone Up, Mirror, Omlet, Party Link, Photo Frame, What’s Next and Zinio bloatware, among others, and finally say hello to Now on Tap or Doze Mode.

Source: Asus ZenTalk

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