Asus Android 11 (Android R) update: List of eligible devices & release date
Asus smartphones might not be as popular as the likes of Samsung and Huawei devices, but the Taiwanese company does a great job keeping its customer base happy, be it in terms of value for money on devices or even software support.
The latter is the subject of this article, more so the next Asus Android 11 update. With the update to Android 10 almost done for eligible Asus devices, attention will now be turning to the next OS iteration that Goole is working on.
Asus software update policy
Only a handful of current Asus handsets will be upgraded to Android 11. For those not in the know-how, this is because Asus only guarantees two major OS upgrades to most of its devices.
Granted, devices that come pre-installed with Android 10 are guaranteed to receive the Asus Android 11 update at some point. Even though a good number of Asus devices running Android Pie out of the box would have received the update to Android R, there aren’t many such devices.
That said, below is a list of Asus devices that we think will be upgraded to Android 11. Note that this isn’t official coming from Asus, so expect some changes when the company reveals the official roadmap/timeline.
- Asus ZenFone 6 (Asus 6z)
- Asus ROG Phone II
Oops! That was short huh! Well, it’s because Asus wasn’t as active as before in 2019, only managing to release five phones. Two of them (listed above) are eligible for Android R update while the other three – ZenFone Live L2, Max Plus M2, and Max Shot – are ineligible.
The latter three have Android Oreo pre-installed, meaning the farthest they can get in terms of major OS upgrades is Android 10. So, until new ones come to life, the Asus Android 11 update will only be pushed to two current devices.
The likes of Asus ZenFone 5Z, ZenFone 5 and even the popular ZenFone Max Pro M1/M2 won’t get past Android 10 having made their debut with Oreo out of the box.
Android 11 release date
Google is already testing Android R developer preview and is expected to begin public beta testing in May 2020. If last year is our reference, the stable Android 11 update should be here in Q3 2020.
Just like the stable Android 10 update, Asus is likely to follow suit with a stable Android 11 update of its own in early or mid-Q4 2020 or thereabout, probably beginning with the ZenFone 7 (unannounced at the time of writing) and later the ZenFone 6, ROG Phone 3 (unannounced) and ROG Phone 2.
Hoping that we get past the coronavirus pandemic so that we bring you the official info once Asus makes it available later this year.
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