Asus confirmed the list of 15 smartphones that will get Android 9 Pie in 2019, yesterday. The Taiwanese company has now started rolling out Android 9 Pie in beta to the Zenfone Max Pro M1 device just a month after seeding the Zenfone Max Pro M2 the same.
The development comes from ASUS India’s official Twitter account which revealed that Asus has now started beta testing Android Pie for its Zenfone Max Pro M1 users in India ahead of a stable release. Asus is currently accepting applications from users willing to test Asus’s beta build toward Android 9 Pie and users can submit forms by registering their IMEI number, soon after which they’ll be notified of the OTA update that will install Android 9 Pie beta on their Zenfone Max Pro M1.
Zenfone Max Pro M1 users, your craving for Pie ends now! We’re opening up the Android Beta Program to all those who wish to have an early taste of the Android Pie, while you wait for the official release. You may apply for the beta version by clicking here https://t.co/M2QHjSuajw pic.twitter.com/vpo5cGMD6w
— ASUS India (@ASUSIndia) February 28, 2019
With beta testing only starting now for the Zenfone Max Pro M1 device, Asus looks to have gotten behind its schedule as it was expected to release a stable update to Google’s latest OS in February itself. With March already up, we can only expect a stable build to arrive after Asus successfully completes beta testing on Android Pie on the device. A stable update can thus be expected to come by the end of March or sometime in April, considering the fact that it’s been a month since Asus started beta testing the same software on the M2 with no stable update yet.
With the latest Android 9.0 Pie version, users will be able to use the all-new gesture-based navigation coupled with new wellness features like Dashboard, which analyses the amount of time one speed on an application. The Pie update also brings new DND mode that turns the display in greyscale, while the Wind Down mode switches on Night Light when you are going to bed. Apart from this, there are new gesture controls, a new pill-shaped icon for navigations, refined notifications and Quick Settings, vertical volume controls and new power menu among others.
To recall, Asus launched the Zenfone Max Pro M1 in the middle of 2018 with a 5.99-inch Full HD+ display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset along with Adreno 509 GPU. The phone is available in 3GB/4GB/6GB of RAM and 32GB/64GB of internal storage options. For optics, there is a dual-camera setup, which comes with a combination of 13-megapixel and 5-megapixel sensors, while for the front, there is an 8-megapixel shooter. The higher variant of 6GB RAM/64 GB storage feature 16MP front camera with a dual rear camera with (primary) 16MP and (secondary) 5MP. It’s fuelled by a 5,000mAh battery.