Asus ROG Phone Gets Android 9 Pie Update With These New Features: Is It Too Late?


The ROG Phone was the first smartphone from Asus tailor-made for gaming. For its time, the device packed a great set of hardware, including a 90Hz AMOLED display, speed binned Snapdragon 845 SoC up to 12GB of RAM and more. The device also came with special software improvements to further enhance the gaming experience.

Asus ROG Phone Gets Android 9 Pie Update With These New Features


After almost a year of launch, the company has finally released an Android 9 Pie-based software update for the Asus ROG Phone. The smartphone was launched with Android 8.1 Oreo and received several software fixes that ironed out some of the persistent issues. However, all those software were based on Android 8.1 Oreo, which is a bit of a disappointment.

The Android 9 Pie update is finally available for the original ROG Phone and the patch includes the following fixes and features.

  • Upgraded system to Android P
  • Removed Page Marker, ZeniMoji, Report Location in Safeguard, weather animation setting, AI charging
  • Removed the Yandex cloud option of File Manager Application
  • Upgraded Game Center to Armoury Crate with whole new design
  • Added "Adaptive brightness", "Adaptive Battery", "New notifications", "Status bar icon manager", "Screen recorder", and "Local backup" in Settings
  • Upgraded Game Genie panel with new design and features
  • Added Android P "Swipe up on Home button" gesture
  • Support 24-hour forecast in Weather application
  • Revamped Mobile Manager, Contacts, File Manager, Calculator, Clock, Gallery, and Weather applications
  • Redesigned volume control panel following Android P

Is It Too Late?

Yes, as most of the smartphone makers are trying to push Android 10 updates to their devices, Asus has managed to upgrade one of its best smartphones with almost a year-old software. As of now, there is no official statement from the company regarding the Android 10 OS update for the ROG Phone, which is a bit sad news for those who spent a fortune on the device.


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