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Original story (published on April 19, 2021) follows:

Asus is one of the only few OEMs that release only a handful of smartphones into the market every year.

This strategy of streamlining its portfolio should have resulted in the company being able to release software updates quicker to eligible devices.

However, that’s not exactly the case with Asus smartphones. At present, the Taiwan-based OEM has rolled out Android 11 to the Asus ZenFone 6, ZenFone 7, and ZenFone 7 Pro.


The ROG Phone 3 is yet to get the stable update and Asus is still evaluating the possibility of bringing Android 11 to the ZenFone 5z.

Having said that, Android 11 is old news for many since Google has already rolled out the Developer Previews of Android 12 for app makers to begin testing their apps on the latest version of the OS.

Further, Google is expected to share more details regarding the upcoming Android version in its Google I/O event scheduled for May 18 – 20.

Asus Android 12 release date

Last year Asus began beta testing of Android 11 on the ZenFone 6 a couple of months after Google rolled out the first public beta update to its Pixel smartphones.

So if history repeats itself, we can expect to see Asus begin beta testing Android 12 around two months after Google rolls out the beta update.

Speaking of which, according to Google’s official Android 12 schedule, it will begin seeding the beta update sometime in May and is expected to release the stable update towards the end of August or in September.

Android 12 release schedule

The stable Android 12 update for Asus smartphones should go live by the end of the year and the ROG Phone 5 series or the ZenFone 8 series (expected later in the year) should be among the first to get it.

List of eligible devices

Asus usually promises at least 2 major OS updates for its mid-range and flagship smartphones. And since it has been out of the budget segment for a while now, there aren’t any budget-friendly models listed to get the new OS.

That said, those Asus devices that come with Android 10 or Android 11 pre-installed should get the update to Android 12.

So we’ve put together a list of such phones. Check it out below:

– Asus ROG Phone 5
– Asus ROG Phone 5 Pro
– Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate
– Asus ROG Phone 3
– Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix
– Asus ZenFone 7
– Asus ZenFone 7 Pro

Of course, this shouldn’t be misconstrued for an official list from Asus because it isn’t. So there’s a chance that the company may decide against releasing Android 12 for either of these phones.

As for the skin, Asus may release Zen UI 8 in the coming months which may also be the skin that it uses when it rolls out Android 12.

However, since there isn’t much clarity on the matter, we’d suggest taking this information with a pinch of salt.

Update 1 (May 18, 2021)

IST 11:50 am Add one more device to the list, as Asus has confirmed that the newly launched Asus ZenFone 8 and ZenFone 8 Flip will get at least 2 major updates, clearing the Android 12 path for the duo.

Update 2 (May 19, 2021)

IST 10:24 am Asus has arrived early this year with recently launched Asus ZenFone 8 already geared up to be part of the Android 12 developer program.

Asus has a dedicated page for all those who wish to get their hands on the latest iteration. Check it out here.

Update 3 (May 22, 2021)

IST 11:49 am The Android 12 update build is now live and up for grabs for those Asus ZenFone 8 users who wish to test it earlier than anyone. Download it here.

But be advised, there are some bugs too. Here are some of the known ones.

Known issues:

1. Fingerprint authentication currently not supported
2. Face unlock feature currently not supported
3. No haptic feedback when touching the recent key
4. Battery status displayed in Settings may be inaccurate
5. 3rd-party apps compatibility issues

Whatever the case, we’ll update the tracker if and when there are any developments regarding Android 12 for Asus smartphones.

Update 4 (June 21, 2021)

IST 11:52 am Asus now says that it will only start rolling out Beta builds of Android 12-based Zen UI after Google pushes out its stable Android 11 build. More on that here.

Update 5 (September 14, 2021)

IST 06:50 pm As per a recent report from XDA Developers, Asus has now released the second Android 12 beta update for Asus ZenFone 8 as version 31.0803.0403.54. The update also brings the September 2021 security patches to the ZenFone 8.

Update 6 (October 4, 2021)

IST 12:00 pm Asus said that Zenfone 8 users will soon be able to get a taste of Android 12 with the Beta program for ZenUI. More on that here.

Update 7 (October 21, 2021)

IST 06:00 pm ASUS has unveiled the Android 12 update schedule for the ZenFone 8, ZenFone 7 and the ROG Phone lineup.

While the ASUS ZenFone 8 and ZenFone 8 Flip will be getting the Android 12 update sometime in December this year, the ROG Phone 4 and ROG Phone 5S will be updated sometime in Q1 2022.

Last but not the least, the ASUS ZenFone 7 and ROG Phone 3 will get Android 12 sometime in the first half of 2022.

Update 8 (December 10, 2021)

IST 05:31 pm Asus has reportedly begun seeding the stable Android 12 update to ZenFone 8 users in batches.

The official announcement post isn’t live yet, however, the update is rolling out as version for the WW variants of the device.

Update 9 (December 11, 2021)

IST 12:13 pm Unfortunately, it appears that the report confirming the release of the stable Android 12 update for the ZenFone 8 was erroneous and has now been corrected. The update was just another beta version.

Update 10 (December 29, 2021)

IST 04:47 pm: Asus ZenFone 8 and ZenFone 8 Flip users are now receiving stable Android 12 update. It comes with version 31.1004.0404.73 and weighs nearly 3.04 GB in size for the former while it’s available as version 31.1004.0404.61 and weighs 2.89 GB for the latter. More on that here.

Update 11 (January 05, 2022)

IST 12:40 pm: New reports now have it that the Asus Zenfone 8’s Android 12 update is bringing the double-tap feature, which is rumored to be in the upcoming Zenfone 9.

Update 12 (March 17, 2022)

09:39 am (IST): Asus is now rolling out the Android 12 update for ROG Phone 5 and ROG Phone 5S. The update weighs around 3.4 GB and it carries version number 31.0810.1226.57 for both devices.

Update 13 (March 18, 2022)

10:42 am (IST): A section of Zenfone 8 users in Europe are reportedly bagging the Android 12 update on their devices. In the UK, the update bears software version number 31.1004.0404.107 and weighs in at 1.2GB.

zenfone 8 android 12 in the uk

Update 14 (March 23, 2022)

09:30 am (IST): Asus has announced on Twitter that the Android 12 update is rolling out for Asus 8z in India.

Update 15 (April 07, 2022)

04:56 pm (IST): Asus is now rolling out the Android 12 update in Japan for a bunch of its devices including Zenfone 8, Zenfone 8 Flip, ROG Phone 5, 5S, and 5S Pro (1, 2, 3).

Moreover, Asus ZenFone 8 is also getting this update in multiple regions including Global, Russia, and Europe. Additionally, the global users of ROG Phone 5, Phone 5s, and 5s Pro are receiving Android 12 update.

A moderator on the community forum said that they have merged the Android 12 update for ROG Phone 5s and 5s Pro. That means both devices will receive the update at the same time.

Update 16 (May 16, 2022)

03:31 pm (IST): Asus has released the first Android 12 beta for ROG Phone 3 users. It comes with version number 31.0210.0210.160.

06:40 pm (IST): Asus ZenFone 7 and 7 Pro users are now grabbing the Android 12 update. It can be identified with software version 31.0210.0210.250 for both models.

Update 17 (June 27, 2022)

06:15 pm (IST): Asus is now rolling out stable Android 12 update for ROG Phone 3 and ROG Phone 3 Stix Edition.

Device BETA STABLE Notes
Asus ZenFone 8 Released Released – Stable released – Japan, Russia, Europe, & Global
Asus ZenFone 8 Flip Released Released Stable released in Japan
Asus ROG Phone 5 Released Stable released – Japan & Global
Asus ROG Phone 5S Released Stable released – Japan & Global
Asus 8z Released Stable available in India
Device BETA STABLE Notes
Asus 5s Pro Released Stable released – Japan & Global
Asus ROG Phone 3 Released Released Stable rolling out
Beta 1 released
Asus ZenFone 7 Released Stable rolling out
Asus ZenFone 7 Pro Released Stable rolling out
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition Released Stable rolling out

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My fascination with Android phones began the moment I got my hands on one. Since then, I've been on a journey to decode the ever-evolving tech landscape, fueled by a passion for both the "how" and the "why." Since 2018, I've been crafting content that empowers users and demystifies the tech world. From in-depth how-to guides that unlock your phone's potential to breaking news based on original research, I strive to make tech accessible and engaging.

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