[Update: New incremental update] Asus 6z/ZenFone 6 Android 11 update: Beta recruitment begins
This story is being continuously updated…. New updates are being added at the bottom…..
Original story (published on August 21, 2020) follows:
In the past few weeks, we have seen major milestones towards the release of Android 11. We’ve seen the Android 11 Beta 3 update being released for many of Google’s eligible devices.
Not to be left behind, Asus is also looking to have an early start on the development of Android 11 for its devices starting off with the Asus Zenfone 6 from 2019. This device is powered by the Snapdragon 855 and launched with Android 9 Pie, making it eligible for Android 11 based on the two-major-Android-updates trend in the market today.
With that, Asus is today inviting ZenFone 6 users who are interested in trying out Android 11 before the official release to sign up for the Beta program.
This recruitment, Asus says, will run from August 21 all the way to September 4. This should give interested users ample time to sign up for the program. Upon closing of the recruitment period, a list of successful applicants will be announced come September 9 through their email.
These are the pre-requisites for users who are interested in testing Android 11 on their ZenFone 6 units.
-Sign up for ZenTalk and participate passionately in forum interaction!
-Owns the ZenFone 6 (ZS630KL) phone.
-Be familiar with Android phone operations and be willing to take an active part in the experience.
-Understand instability and variables in internal testing.
-The phone has never been unlocked.
To sign up, users of the ZenFone 6 have to do the following on their device. They’ll first need to go to System Update, select the upper-right gear on the system update page, and select the registration beta test activity. Asus says that if you can’t find the option to enroll in the Beta test program, update the system to version 17.1810.2008.171.
It is nice to see Android OEMs not wasting time and beginning works on their upcoming skins on top of Android 11 even before the official launch. Could this mean that Android 11’s adoption will also happen faster than previous releases? We can only wait and see how that pans out.
Update 1 (August 27)
Asus recently started Android 11 beta recruitment for the ZenFone 6 aka 6z and users have few concerns regarding the same. One of the users took to the Asus ZenTalk community asking if the Android 11 beta update for Asus ZenFone 6/Asus 6z will affect the VoLTE support and if Netflix streaming will work as usual.
In response, a Zentalk moderator did confirm that the VoLTE support will remain intact on the Asus ZenFone 6/Asus 6z Android 11 open beta update. Read the full coverage here.
Update 2 (September 10)
IST 11:35 am: Apparently, the upcoming Android 11 update for the Asus ZenFone 6 (ZenFone 6Z) will bring along some new features that are found on the newly launched Asus ZenFone 7, according to a moderator. See the full story here.
Update 3 (September 11)
While the recruitments for Android 11 beta testing on the ZenFone 6 (Asus 6Z) devices began a few weeks back, the update hasn’t arrived yet. Even the list of selected recruits hasn’t been shared as yet. When asked about this, here’s what a ZenTalk forums moderator said:
Soon, the update should arrive. No ETA for now.
And here’s what another moderator said:
Update 4 (September 12)
Going by the latest statement coming from a community moderator, the recruiter’s list is still being prepared and there’s no ETA for how long will it take for those eligible to be notified. Also, there is no ETA even for the beta update release (as confirmed by the other moderators recently).
We’re currently making the list with who will get into the beta program. I don’t know when it will be finished or when the selected will be notified.
Update 5 (Sept. 12)
A Zentalk moderator has now confirmed that the ZenFone 6 (Asus 6Z) Android 11 update won’t bring bouncy UI effects, force HDR+ feature or change the camera features. Head here for more details.
Update 6 (Sept. 16)
Asus has finally released the first Android 11 beta for the Asus ZenFone 6 — aka the ZenFone 6Z. This new update is rolling out to users who registered for the beta program as version 18.0610.2009.37, up from the Android 10-based version 17.1810.2009.176.
Update 7 (Sept. 23)
In response to a user’s query regarding the availability of Android 11 for the ZenFone 6 (6z), a moderator claimed that Android 11 is currently being tested via a closed beta program and the stable update is expected to arrive in Q4 of this year. More details here.
Update 8 (October 07)
It seems that Asus has rolled out the Android 11 beta 2 update for the Asus ZenFone 6. A user has shared a screenshot of the new update which comes as version 18.0610.2009.63 and brings a few improvements.
Update 9 (October 16)
Asus has rolled out a couple of new updates over the past few days for those who are beta testing Android 11 on the ZenFone 6. The beta 3 update arrived as version 18.0610.2009.67 while the beta 4 update comes as version 18.0610.2009.70.
Both updates carry several bug fixes. These include fixes for issues such as the inability to send video files on Messenger, intermittent sound during a call, and many others. We’ve shared screenshots of both beta updates highlighting the changes below.
Update 10 (October 31)
ZenFone 6 users are now receiving a new beta update as version 18.0610.2010.85. Like the previous builds, this also brings a few fixes and improves system stability. We’ve added a screenshot of the changelog and other details below:
Update 11 (November 12)
Apparently, Asus ZenFone 6Z users who are signed up for the beta program are getting a new beta update as version 18.0610.2010.92. The update is supposedly the eighth beta update for the device.
Update 12 (November 18)
Asus began rolling out the Android 11 beta 9 update for the Asus ZenFone 6Z a couple of days ago. The update is available to beta testers as version 18.0610.2010.95 and brings some fixes and improves the stability.
Update 13 (November 27)
Asus has released the 10th beta update for the ZenFone 6/6Z. This update carries the build number 18.0610.2010.98 and only brings only one fix which is for the occasional issue where the Power button does not function. We’ve shared a screenshot of it below:
Update 14 (December 03)
Asus is on a roll with its beta updates for the ZenFone 6/6Z. It has rolled out the 11th beta update for the device carrying the software version 18.0610.2010.100.
The new beta brings a fix for the red tint issue after clicking the search box in Chrome and also fixes the lag/stutter when opening the WhatsApp Media folder via the File Manager according to the changelog.
Update 15 (December 09)
Asus ZenFone 6/6Z users are getting a new beta update making it the 12th Android 11 beta build that has been released for the device. This new firmware carries the software version 18.0610.2010.102 and fixes a bug that prevented the fingerprint sensor from working.
Update 16 (December 10)
IST 03:03 pm: Asus ZenFone 6/Asus 6Z users can finally rejoice as the fix for the bug that was causing the delay in the release of Android 11 has likely been located. So you may expect the rollout in the coming days (fingers crossed). Complete coverage here.
Update 17 (December 16)
IST 11:17 am: The beta updates just keep rolling in from Asus. The company has released the 13th beta update based on Android 11 for the ZenFone 6, aka ZenFone 6z.
The new update bears the build number 18.0610.2010.103 and fixes a couple of issues including the one which prevented the phone from waking up at times. We’ve shared a screenshot of the update below:
Update 18 (December 18)
IST 06:53 pm: After 13 beta updates, Asus 6Z/Asus ZenFone 6 might get the Android 11 stable update soon as per a ZenTalk Community moderator. The update is expected to arrive before January 2021 along with several bug fixes and support for T-Mobile VoLTE.
Update 19 (December 22)
IST 10:35 am: Asus 6Z (aka Asus ZenFone 6) has bagged yet another Android 11 update which removes one hand mode and improves the game opening performance. The update appears to be the 14th beta as there are no reports on the stable version so far.
Update 20 (December 29)
IST 11:22 am: Asus has finally released the stable Android 11 update for Asus 6Z (aka Asus ZenFone 6) as version 18.0610.2011.107. Head over here to know more about the stable OS update.
Update 21 (January 05, 2021)
IST 05:51 pm: The stable Android 11 update is now available for the global, Indian, Russian, and European Asus ZenFone 6 (aka Asus 6Z) variants. Find out more about the stable latest OS update for the device in question here.
Update 22 (January 14, 2021)
IST 01:21 pm: The stable Android 11 update for Asus ZenFone 6 (aka Asus 6Z) is now rolling out in Japan. Head over here to know what all the latest OS update has to offer to the Japanese variant of the device in question.
Update 23 (January 15, 2021)
IST 05:08 pm: Asus ZenFone 6 is getting a new Android 11 update in multiple regions with multiple bug-fixes. Head over here to know more about the latest incremental update version 18.0610.2101.127.
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