The long wait is finally over! At least for some Zenfone users in the Philippines, as Asus PH has just officially started rolling out the much-anticipated Android 6.0 Marshmallow software update. The announcement was made through the company forum site called ZenTalk.
Most Zenfone users in the country have been waiting for this release ever since they first heard it last year. And back then, Asus assured that most of the current Zenfone smartphone will get their respective Android 6.0 Marshmallow update this year.
So today, Asus Philippines is starting the roll out with the Zenfone 2 Laser 5.0 (ZE500KL) model and the update is pushed via FOTA (Firmware Over-The-Air). This means, if you are a user of the said Zenfone model, you do not need to manually download the new software into your device as you will automatically receive it in your phone like you always do when you received minor software updates in the past.
The software update bears version number 18.104.22.168_M3.6.44 in case you want to know. Asus also added that it may take up to one week to fully push the update to everybody, but in case you don't receive any automatic notifications about this enhancement, you may manually check it on your phone by simply going to SETTING >> ABOUT >> SYSTEM UPDATE.
Please take note of the following before you start updating your Zenfone device to Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
1. Software update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Internal storage will decrease slightly after the update, so it is recommended that you back up your data and files and relocate them to memory card to reserve enough space for the update.
2. Android 6.0 Marshmallow won't support APP2SD. Please move apps to internal storage before doing the system upgrades.
3. Multi-user function won't be supported if the account is deleted prior to update. Please keep your account to continue usage.
4. The apps listed below will no longer be pre-loaded once the update to Marshmallow is done.
Google Settings (Integrated in ASUS Settings)
5. New features and apps are added with the update, like Google Calendar, Google Messenger, and Dr. Booster.
6. The update will remove ASUS Email, ASUS Calendar, ASUS Messaging, and won't be preloaded in this software version. You can use GMail, Google Calendar, Google Messenger for relevant services.
If your Zenfone is other than the Laser ZE500KL model and you want to get constant updates from ZenTalk as to the progress of the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for your smartphone, you may continue visiting the ZenTalk forum site or the Asus ZenTalk Philippines page on Facebook.