Asus ZenFone 6 Update Brings August Security Patch, Improved Smart Key Functionality, More


Asus launched the ZenFone 6 smartphone globally in May this year, but it came to India as the Asus 6Z in June. The Taiwanese smartphone maker Asus is now rolling out a new software update for its ZenFone 6. This software update brings the August security patch along with a few features and optimisations for the device. Asus ZenFone 6 devices globally are getting the software update bearing version number 16.1220.1908.189 and Asus has released a changelog which lists out all the changes.

As seen on the Asus ZenTalk forum, the Asus ZenFone 6 ZS630KL software update along with a changelog. This changelog mentions the new August security patch along with general system and app stability improvements.

Asus has also added more functionality to the smart key on the ZenFone 6/Asus 6Z. Post the new software update, users will be able to toggle Hotspot, Bluetooth. It can now also be used to make a phone call or show your QR code. You can launch the calculator app or open currency converter or a unit converter. The smart key can now also act as a shortcut to launch the file manager, gallery, and camera app among others. The smart key can also be used to answer incoming calls and snooze alarms when pressed.

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Some of the other points include video call tuning parameters, updated audio parameter and quality improvement. ZenFone 6 devices in Japan will get two new apps, namely Rajiko and HybridRadio. Whereas Asus ZenFone 6 devices in Brazil will get the Netflix app post the update.

Apart from the changes mentioned by Asus, XDA Developers also found a few new additions. This includes a Google Lens shortcut in the stock camera app and a new call volume optimise feature that lets you adjust the call volume, so that you don’t have to fiddle with the volume button during a call.

XDA Developers claims that Asus is rolling out both the international and EU software builds but we haven’t received the update on our Asus 6Z yet. We have reached out to Asus for a confirmation about the rollout in India, and will update this copy once we hear back.

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Aditya Shenoy

Aditya has been reviewing gadgets for over 5 years now and began his career reviewing smartphones. He began reviewing smartwatches when Android Wear was a thing and continues to review fitness wearables. An audiophile, he also reviews audio products every now and then. While reviewing smartphones keeps him busy during the week, he loves to unwind by going on long drives over the weekends. A thorough petrolhead who loves technology and can talk about bhp and GHz all day long.


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