Asus is behind the curve when it comes to Marshmallow adoption, and it looks like the situation won’t change for another few months.
Asus announced on its forums the devices that will receive the update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, sometime in Q2 (April-June). The list includes the usual suspects (Asus’ 2015 ZenFones), as well as the PadFone S transformer. Compared to the list that Asus shared in November, the only additions are the ZenFone Selfie and ZenFone Max.
Here’s the full breakdown, complete with model numbers:
- PadFone S (PF500KL)
- ZenFone 2 (ZE550ML, ZE551ML)
- ZenFone 2 Deluxe (ZE551ML)
- ZenFone 2 Deluxe Special Edition (ZE551ML)
- ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE500KG, ZE500KL, ZE550KL, ZE551KL, ZE600KL, ZE601KL)
- ZenFone Selfie (ZD551KL)
- ZenFone Max (ZC550KL)
- ZenFone Zoom (ZX551ML)
Asus did not detail the changes coming along Marshmallow, but we do know what not to expect from the update: Asus’ own Mail, Calendar, and Messenger apps are going by the wayside, in favor of Google’s Gmail, Calendar, and Messenger. If you happen to be a fan, Asus’ apps will still be available through the Play Store, but it looks like the Taiwanese company decided that less is more this time around.
Asus is not the only OEM taking a hard look at homegrown pre-loaded apps. Samsung famously killed off several of its apps and services ahead of the release of the Galaxy S6, while LG followed suit with its own software slimdown for the hot new G5.
For a full rundown through the Marshmallow updates situation for all major manufacturers, make sure to check our roundup, linked at the top.