It’s been a while since Google made the Android 12 OS official. Since then, smartphone OEMs have been working hard in delivering the Android 12 update for their devices. By far, Samsung has taken the lead among its competitors.
However, due to some bugs, Samsung had to stop the Android 12 One UI 4.0 update rollout, which recently resumed for its devices. Surprisingly, ASUS has now joined the bandwagon, because as per the latest report, the Android 12 update is rolling out for the ASUS ZenFone 8 lineup.
Yes! You read it right. After several beta updates, the stable Android 12 update is now finally live for the ASUS ZenFone 8 and the ASUS ZenFone 8 Flip.
What makes this rollout interesting is that a couple of months back, ASUS released its Android 12 release schedule. According to the schedule, both the ASUS ZenFone 8 and 8 Flip were supposed to pick up the update sometime in December.
The announcement is also attached with download links of the firmware. So, if you are interested, you can manually upgrade your ZenFone 8 series phones using the package files.
Android 12 update for ZenFone 8 arrives as v31.1004.0404.73, and ZenFone 8 Flip arrives as v220.127.116.11
Coming back to the update, the Android 12 stable update for the ASUS ZenFone 8 arrives with firmware version 31.1004.0404.73. While, the Android 12 update for the ASUS ZenFone 8 Flip carries firmware version 18.104.22.168.
The size of the update for ZenFone 8 is 3.04GB, whereas the size of the ZenFone 8 Flip update is 2.89GB. Do note that the Android 12 update can only be installed on the ZenFone 8 if it is running Android 11 with firmware version 22.214.171.124.
For ASUS ZenFone 8 Flip, users need to ensure they are running Android 11 with firmware version 126.96.36.199, in order to install the latest firmware.
The update brings tons of new features such as revamped Mobile Manager, Contacts, Phone, File Manager, Calculator, Clock, Gallery, Weather, Sound recorder, Settings, Data Transfer, Local backup, Setup wizard, System update apps.
It also brings Android 12 design elements for the Quick Settings panel, notification tray, and volume panel. ASUS Safeguard is now replaced with Android 12 Emergency SOS. The SIP calling support is now gone as Android 12 doesn’t support SIP calling natively.
If you haven’t received the update notification, then you can head over to Settings > About > System update > Check update. The system will start checking for updates on the official server. If it detects one, it will prompt you to download it.
As far as the future of other ASUS devices is concerned, the company plans to bring Android 12 to the ROG Phone 5 series in Q1 of 2022. The ZenFone 7 and ROG Phone 3 will be updated sometime in H1 of 2022.