Android 5.0 is the second major upgrade for Asus’ original Zenfone trio.
Asus has started rolling out the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the Zenfone 4, Zenfone 5 and Zenfone 6, the original trio that marked the Taiwanese manufacturer’s entry into the affordable yet feature-packed budget smartphone market. There were rumors that the rollout would be delayed past the stipulated time frame, but it’s nice to see that isn’t the case especially since it’s already more than a year since Google took the wraps off Android 5.0.
The Zenfone 5 has been running Lollipop since April, but that was only a single model sold in Taiwan. The international models are now joining the league, and are so are the 4-inch and 6-inch Zenfones. Available both over the air and through Asus’ website, the update brings a new Material Design-inspired user interface, faster performance, lockscreen and heads-up notifications, and other improvements that should make for a better user experience.
Asus is one of the few manufacturers taking the update game so seriously for devices that are priced in the budget segment, but that is perhaps necessary considering the company is banking on these low-cost devices for its smartphone business. Of course, the Zenfone 4, 5 and 6 probably won’t be getting updated to Android M, but we can expect the new Zenfone 2 to be getting software upgrades till at least late 2016.