Asus ZenFone Max and ZenFone 2 Laser make the jump to Marshmallow

The year’s second quarter is nearly done, and if Asus wants to meet its self-imposed deadline from back February, it needs to get cracking ASAP. Fortunately, that’s exactly what’s happening, with the 5-inch ZenFone 2 Laser (model number ZE500KL) treated to a quiet Android 6.0 makeover about a month ago, the 5.5-inch ZE550KL ZenFone 2 Laser following suit earlier this week, and the ZenFone Max (ZC550KL) completing the trifecta today.

Across the board, Asus not only brought the usual slate of game-changing Marshmallow goodies, Doze Mode and Now on Tap included, also removing many of its superfluous proprietary services previously pre-installed alongside their superior Google counterparts.

We’re talking email clients virtually nobody used, calendar, messaging, data transfer, backup, remote link, PC link apps, plus a lot of third-party bloatware that needlessly occupied precious storage space, like TripAdvisor, Yahoo Shopping, Puffin Browser, and so on.

Of course, if you actually notice something useful missing after the update, you can head over to the Play Store and re-install title by title. The OS download process should take place OTA before long, and you’ll want to free up as much space as possible first, as well as juice up the old ticker. Up next, “standard” ZenFone 2 variants.

Sources: Asus ZenTalk (1), (2), (3)

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