New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…….
The original story (published April 19, 2021) reads as follows:
Asus is one of the few OEMs that launch only a few smartphones every year.
This strategy of streamlining its portfolio should have enabled the company to quickly release software updates for eligible devices.
However, this is not the case with Asus smartphones. Currently, the Taiwan-based OEM has rolled out Android 11 for the Asus ZenFone 6, ZenFone 7 and ZenFone 7 Pro.
The ROG Phone 3 is yet to receive the stable update and Asus is still evaluating the possibility of bringing Android 11 to the Zenfone 5z.
Having said that, Android 11 is old news for many as Google has already started the developer previews of Android 12 for app makers to start testing their apps on the latest version of the OS.
Furthermore, Google is expected to share more details about the upcoming Android version at its Google I/O event scheduled for May 18-20.
asus android 12 release date
Last year Asus began beta testing Android 11 on the ZenFone 6, when Google released the first public beta update for its Pixel smartphones.
So if history repeats itself, we can expect Asus to start beta testing Android 12 about two months after Google rolled out the beta update.
Speaking of which, as per Google’s official Android 12 schedule, it will start seeding the beta update sometime in May and is expected to release the stable update in late August or September.
The stable Android 12 update for Asus smartphones should go live by the end of the year and the ROG Phone 5 series or ZenFone 8 series (expected later in the year) should be among the first to get it.
List of eligible equipment
Asus usually promises at least 2 major OS updates for its mid-range and flagship smartphones. And since it has been out of the budget segment for some time, there are no budget-friendly models listed to get the new OS.
That said, Asus devices that come with Android 10 or Android 11 pre-installed should get the update to Android 12.
That’s why we have prepared a list of such phones. Watch it below:
– Asus ROG Phone 5
– Asus ROG Phone 5 Pro
– Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate
– Asus ROG Phone 3
– Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix
– Asus Zenfone 7
– Asus Zenfone 7 Pro
Of course, this should not be mistaken for an official listing of Asus as it is not. So there is a chance that the company may decide against releasing Android 12 for any of these phones.
As far as the skin is concerned, Asus may release Zen UI 8 in the coming months which could also be the skin it uses while rolling out Android 12.
However, since there is not much clarity on the matter, we would suggest taking this information with a pinch of salt.
Update 1 (May 18, 2021)
IST 11:50 am Add one more device to the list, as Asus has confirmed that the newly launched Asus Zenfone 8 and Zenfone 8 Flip will get at least 2 major updates, paving the way for Android 12 for both.
Update 2 (May 19, 2021)
IST 10:24 am Asus is all set to be a part of the Android 12 developer program with the recently launched Asus ZenFone 8 earlier this year.
Asus has a dedicated page for all those who want to get their hands on the latest iteration. Check it out here.
Update 3 (May 22, 2021)
IST 11:49 am The Android 12 update build is now live and ready for Asus ZenFone 8 users who want to test it out before anyone else. Download from here.
But be advised, there are some bugs too. Here are some known ones.
1. Fingerprint authentication is not currently supported
2. Face Unlock feature is not currently supported
3. No haptic feedback when you touch the Recent key
4. Battery status displayed in settings may be incorrect
5. Third-Party Apps Compatibility Issues
Whatever it is, we will update the tracker if there is any development regarding Android 12 for Asus smartphones.
Update 4 (June 21, 2021)
IST 11:52 am Asus now says that it will start rolling out beta builds of the Android 12-based Zen UI only after Google rolls out its stable Android 11 build. More on that here.
pay attention: We’ll be adding the tracker table to this article as soon as Asus starts seeding the Android 12 beta or stable update to any device.
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