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ASUS updates ZenFone 4 and 5 to Android 4.4 KitKat

News by Luke Jones on Wednesday October 01, 2014.

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ZenFone 5
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ASUS released the ZenFone range at the beginning of the year and even though they have not found a large audience, they are some of the better budget smartphones currently available. The devices in the range include the entry level ZenFone 4, the appealing ZenFone 5, and the gargantuan ZenFone 6, the latter two even enjoy a splash of premium feel. Those handset all arrived still rocking Android Jelly Bean despite arriving after the launch of KitKat.

ASUS has today put that right by issuing the Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade for its ZenFone range, or at least the 4 and 5. For some reason the company has skipped the ZenFone 6 for now, instead offering that handset a small update that fixes some bugs. I imagine the 6 will get updated to Android 4.4 eventually, but for now users will miss out. I am not sure how much longer these devices will be supported as the Taiwanese company is likely to replace them soon, but for now at least they are getting the latest full version of Android.

As well as bringing all the goodies of the Android KitKat upgrade, this patch also includes the following ASUS specific improvements: Do Not Disturb Mode; Call Guard (Chinese and Taiwanese models only); full dual SIM standby (for dual SIM models); filter effects for videos. There is also a new feature called "Reply via Call-in SIM card " that will choose one of the dual SIM cards to make a call, ASUS saying the feature always chooses the right SIM.

Weirdly, downloading the wrong firmware for your model number will cause a system failure, so you will want to make sure you go to Settings -> About -> Model to check the model number before hitting up the source for the update link.

source: ASUS

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