There is no doubt that Asus has always been lazy in pushing the latest Android updates to its devices. In the case of Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 and Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2, we have seen the Taiwanese OEM releasing the Android 9 Pie update months later (almost a year for M1) after releasing the two phones. The first generation Asus ROG phone met with the same fate.
Asus launched the gaming-oriented ROG Phone in June 2018 with Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box. Google released Android 9 Pie in August 2018 and it is now the company is rolling out the Android 9 Pie update for the phone.
The OTA update with version number v16.0410.1910.91 upgrades the system to Android 9 Pie and brings a few changes to the ROG UI that is based on ZenUI 5. Some of the notable features that come with the update include new Armoury Crate gaming hub, improved Game Genie and volume control panels, and advancement in Weather app with a 24-hour forecast. The screenshot of the complete changelog is given below.
Asus is rolling out the update to ROG Phone in batches. Therefore, all the ROG phone users will not receive the update as of now. Users who are curious to get the update can check the System Update section in the phone Settings.
The second generation Asus ROG Phone 2 was launched in late September this year but with Android 9.0 Pie out of the box when Google came up with Android 10 at the beginning of the same month. We have received reports that Asus started the recruitment for Android 10 beta program for ROG Phone 2 a few days after rolling out the official and stable version of Android 10 to its flagship device Asus 6Z in India and Asus ZenFone 6 (both are the same model) in the U.S.