[Update: 5.5" ZE550KL Too Now] 5" ZenFone 2 Laser ZE500KL Gets Android Marshmallow Update, Loses A Bunch Of Pre-Loaded Apps
[Update: 5.5″ ZE550KL Too Now] 5″ ZenFone 2 Laser ZE500KL Gets Android Marshmallow Update, Loses A Bunch Of Pre-Loaded Apps
- Device Updates
- Marshmallow 6.0
- ZenFone 2 Laser
The ZenFone 2 was one of the best budget phones to launch last summer, and the Laser variant (named after a laser auto-focus module) was a good follow-up. Now the latter (ZE500KL model) is getting its Android 6.0 update, WW_126.96.36.199_M3.6.44.
That’s a big deal. Cheaper handsets weren’t this good a few years back, and they generally didn’t receive much support. Times have changed.
But what some owners may consider a bigger deal is the sheer amount of bloatware that won’t come pre-loaded following the update. Over twenty apps make the list.
- Data Transfer
- Photo Frame
- ASUS Backup
- Dr. Safety
- What’s Next
- Party Link
- Remote Link
- PC Link
- Yahoo Shopping
- EZ Ding
- Puffin Browser
- Google settings (Integrated in ASUS Settings)
- Asus Email
- Asus Calendar
- Asus Messaging
That’s not to say owners are completely out of the woods. This over-the-air update does add Google Calendar, Google Messenger, and Dr. Booster. One of these is not like the others.
Asus suggests that you move all apps to internal storage before updating, as Marshmallow won’t support APP2SD. See the link below for more details. And if you own a different ZenFone device, your turn may be coming up.
You can download the full 1.42GB ZE500KL (Z00E/Z00ED/Z00EDA/Z00EDB: V188.8.131.52 for WW SKU only) update here.
Update 1: 2016/06/06 10:51am PDT
The 5.5″ version of the Zenfone 2 Laser (ZE550KL) has just also received the Marshmallow update, almost a month after the ZE500KL.
[ZenFone 2] [ZenFone 2 Laser]  ZE550KL_WW_V21.40.1220.1615 (Android M)
ZenFone Laser (ZE550KL)
(It takes about one week for the system to complete the autopush, if you did not receive the updation, please go to 【Setting】->【About】->【System Update】to update manaully)
Software update to Android 6.0 Mashmallow. Internal storage will decrease slightly after update, suggest to back up data and relocate media file (pictures & video clip) to SD card to reserve enough storage before starting the software update.
Android Marshmallow won’t support APP2SD. Please move apps to internal storage before system upgrades.
Multi-user function won’t be supported if the account is deleted. Please keep your account to continue usage.
End of Update
Update 2: 2016/06/15 1:54am PDT
ZE500KG, the Zenfone 2 Laser without LTE, just got its 6.0 update.
[ZenFone 2 Laser]  ZE500KG_ WW_184.108.40.206_M3.6.45
ZenFone Laser (ZE500KG)
1.Software update to Android 6.0 Mashmallow. Internal storage will decrease slightly after update, suggest to back up data and relocate media file (pictures & video clip) to SD card to reserve enough storage before starting the software update.
2.Android Marshmallow won’t support APP2SD. Please move apps to internal storage before system upgrades.
3.Multi-user function won’t be supported if the account is deleted. Please keep your account to continue usage.
4.”The apps listed below will no longer be pre-loaded once your device has been upgraded to Android 6.0 (Marshmallow).
2. Data Transfer
3. Photo Frame
4. ASUS Backup
5. Dr. Safety
6. What’s Next
7. Party Link
8. Remote Link
9. PC Link
10. Yahoo Shopping
11. EZ Ding
17. Puffin Browser
19. Google settings (Integrated in ASUS Settings)
5.”Add new features and new apps:
1. Google Calendar
2. Google Messenger
3. Dr. Booster”
6.Remove Asus Email, Asus Calendar, Asus Messaging won’t preload in this software version. You can use Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Messenger for relevant services.
End of Update