18 January 2021
Asus has started rolling out the ZenFone 6 Android 11 update in Taiwan. This is the first stable build for the phone that was under beta testing since August. In these four months, the team released numerous beta builds with improvements and bug fixes to testers around the world. It seems like Asus' take on the latest Android version is finally ready for prime time.
The ZenFone 6 Android 11 update carries the version number 18.0610.2011.107. It is specifically meant for units with model number ZS630KL. If your ZenFone 6 has a different model number, you will have to wait until the relevant build is released. The update download size is unknown but since it is a major upgrade, it is expected to be on the heavier side.
As is usually the case with software updates, you are advised to keep data backup before upgrading. Asus says some of the third-party apps are incompatible with Android 11 but has not mentioned any names. There is also an option of downgrading from Android 11 to Android 10 but that will result in complete loss of user data.
Here is the complete changelog for the update:
- Upgrade system to Android 11
- Remove private listening, ZenUI Help and one-handed mode
- The power expert function is integrated into the battery setting. Remove Avast scan engine
- The desktop removes options such as smart classification, alignment icons, and icon packages. Click on a blank area of the screen to organize application software icons across pages.
- Import the new ZenUI interface design
- Adjust the quick setting panel interface and support media control. Remove the multi-window entrance, and add adjacent sharing options (need to manually add)
- The "Wi-Fi automatic download and installation" setting of the system update is turned on by default
- Third-party desktop supports the use of full-screen gestures