Asus released three smartphones this year; the Zenfone 5, Zenfone 5Z & Zenfone 5 Lite were released back in March 2018. Zenfone 5 lite was the first in the line-up to receive the software update.
Well, the software update brought a lot of stuff to the lite version of Zenfone 5 like the sound quality of its speaker was much optimized. It is quite commendable that such improved software updates are expected to get onto both Zenfone 5 & Zenfone 5Z as well in the future.
11 June 2019: The Zenfone 5Z has started to receive a new update with version number 188.8.131.52 and brings the May 2019 Security Patch + some Audio Fixes.
8 May 2019: Amazing news for Asus Zenfone 5Z Users, Asus has finally partnered with Google to provide the latest beta of the Android Q (10) to the Asus Zenfone 5Z, Interested users can participate here, and follow the steps below.
7 May 2019: The Asus Zenfone 5Z has started to receive a new update with version number 184.108.40.206, this latest update brings April 2019 Security Patch, Improves Sound Quality and More.
25 February 2019: Zenfone 5Z is now getting 220.127.116.11 update with so many bug fixes and January security patch update. The update also includes the fix for SIM card issue and EIS. While the Zenfone 5 is getting the 16.0611.1901.1 update. You can download the 5Z 18.104.22.168 update from the official website.
28 January 2019: Asus Zenfone 5 and Zenfone 5Z in India is getting the Android Pie update.
22 January 2019: Asus Zenfone 5 ZE620KL Global variant is now getting 16.0610.1901.74 update based on Android 9.0 Pie with Android January security patch. The update also fixes issues related to Line messenger when sending photos over the Wi-Fi network, and improves auto-brightness of the device. If you want you can also download the update ZIP file from Asus website.
Update: 28 December: You can now download and install 22.214.171.124 update based on Android Pie for Asus Zenfone 5Z.
Asus Zenfone 5Z (ZS620KL) is now getting Pie Update in Taiwan before the scheduled date. ZenFone 5Z users in Taiwan have confirmed the Android Pie update rollout on a Telegram channel (here). The announcement is also posted on the official ZenTalk forum. The update carries version number 126.96.36.199 and weighs around 1048MB in download size. You can manually download the OTA Zip package and flash it on your ZenFone 5Z. The OTA package is compatible with the ZenFone 5Z (ZS620KL) model based on 188.8.131.52 update.
Here is the changelog of the Pie update
1. Android version upgrade to Pie 9.0.
2. Update security patch to November.
3. Speeds up the camera experience and continuous shooting.
19 December- It seems like Asus is ready to update their Zenfone 5 lineup to Android Pie, as the official Android 9 Pie update for Zenfone 5 ZE620KL leaks out and available to download from the official website. The FOTA update weighs around 1.1GB in size and can be installed manually via following these simple steps.
How to install Asus ZenFone 5Z Android Q Beta Update:
- Download the Official Android Q Beta ROM from ASUS from the download link.
- Copy the file to your PC and unzip it using WinRAR.
- In the unzipped folder, you will find a file named “update_image.bat,” connect your phone to your PC.
- Open the “update_image.bat,” and the flash process will start automatically.
- It will take some time to complete, and your data will be completely wiped.
How to install Asus ZenFone 5Z Pie Update
- Download the Zenfone 5 FOTA update from Asus’s Official Site.
- Transfer the downloaded update to the microSD card of the device;
- Enter the device recovery mode. To do this, with the smartphone turned off, press the volume down buttons and turn on / off simultaneously until the recovery menus appear;
- Select the ” apply update from microSD ” option ;
- Choose the downloaded FOTA update and press OK.
The update process will take around 30 minutes to complete.
Update: ASUS ZenFone 5Z Android 9 Pie update release date announced by Asus. According to the company, the Zenfone 5Z will get the Android Pie update by the end of January 2019. The Android Pie update changelog mentions the addition of some new features including a volume pop-up bar and a new ‘Magnifier’ feature that makes the copy-pasting task a tad easier. While it didn’t explicitly mention it, one can also expect better performance and extended battery life due to the Android 9 Pie update core optimizations. Currently, there is no official word for Zenfone 5 and Zenfone 5 Lite Pie update.
Roll-out of Zenfone 5, 5Z and Android Pie Update
The whole Zenfone 5 series came with Android Oreo out of the box; it is unlikely that Asus will provide another update of Android Oreo 8.1. But, instead, the Taiwanese manufacturer might directly skip & roll-out the latest Android Pie update.