Asus 5Z Update in India Brings May Android Security Patch and Improvements

Asus is making an effort to keep its older smartphones’ software up to date.

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Asus 5Z Update in India Brings May Android Security Patch and Improvements

The Asus 5Z, also known as the ZenFone 5Z, was launched last year

Highlights
  • The Asus 5Z gets a new over-the-air software update
  • The update brings the May Android security patch to the phone
  • The Asus 5Z is also known as the ZenFone 5Z

Asus made waves in the affordable flagship segment with the launch of the Asus 5Z, previously known as the Asus ZenFone 5Z, last year. The smartphone, launched in July 2018, was originally priced at Rs. 29,999 onwards, but has seen frequent price drops since then. The smartphone, now being referred to as the Asus 5Z after trademark issues regarding the ZenFone branding, is now receiving a software update that promises improvements in various departments, including security, sound, and system optimisations. The firmware-over-the-air (FOTA) update is rolling out gradually in India, and will take a few days to reach all eligible devices.

The Asus 5Z's latest software update has three major changes in the log, as detailed by Asus India in an email to Gadgets 360. The first is an update to the Android security patch, which is now the May 2019 one. Additionally, the software update brings improvements for sound quality, as well as system optimisations. There are no major features added to the phone with this update, but these fixes will nonetheless come in handy for users of the smartphone.

The smartphone was launched last year, and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The Asus 5Z phone was launched running Android Oreo, but has since received an update to the latest version of Android, v9.0 Pie.

As we mentioned, the Asus ZenFone 5Z is now called the Asus 5Z in India after a trademark issue that restrains the Taiwanese company from using the ‘ZenFone' branding on its products. A Delhi High Court ruling came after a lawsuit filed by Zen Mobile, which sought to prevent Asus from using branding with 'Zen' in it. The move has also forced the company to rename its upcoming flagship smartphone to Asus 6Z, at least for India.

In a statement to Gadgets 360, Asus responded to the Delhi High Court's move, saying "The Asus legal team is currently working with the Delhi High Court in India to resolve the Zen Mobiles and ZenFone trademark lawsuit. The supply of Asus smartphones, notebooks and other products, as well as technical support and after-sales service for all Asus products remain unchanged for all consumers."

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Ali Pardiwala Ali Pardiwala writes about audio and video devices for Gadgets 360 out of Mumbai, and has covered the industry for a decade now. Ali is a Senior Reviewer for Gadgets 360, where he has regularly written about televisions, home entertainment, and mobile gaming as well. He is a firm believer in 4K and HDR on televisions, and believes that true wireless earphones are the future of the personal audio industry. Ali is available on Twitter as @AliusPardius and on email at alip@ndtv.com, so do send in ...More
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