It has been nearly two and a half months since Google released Android 10. Apart from Pixel, smartphone OEMs such as Essential, OnePlus, Xiaomi have already rolled out the stable version of the latest Android version to many of their phones while other companies such as Samsung, LG, and Huawei are releasing the beta version of the update.
Taiwanese OEM Asus joined the league of Android 10 rollout in late-October when it started releasing the open beta Android 10 update to the Zenfone 5Z with the new ZenUI 6 on top. A few days later in early November, Asus also reportedly released 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. However, there is no confirmation from the company yet regarding the Android 10 update to Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 and Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2, both released in 2018.
When Google announced Android 10 at the beginning of September, it released the Android 10 source code to Android Open Source Project (AOSP), an initiative to develop the Android operating system by a Google-led coalition consisting of more than 30 wireless carriers, semiconductor companies, smartphone OEMs, and software companies. The project allows developers and OEMs to create their own version of the Android operating system for testing. After two days of the AOSP release, developers came up with the third-party Android 10 update for only Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 which became available in XDA forum.
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 was released in May 2018 with Android 8 Oreo out of the box. When Google came up with Android 9 Pie in August 2018, Asus did not release any Android update for the device till the end of the year. Later, when the company released the updated model Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 in December 2018, it didn’t see Android 9 Pie either but came up with the same old Android 8 Oreo out of the box. It was in April this year when Asus released the Android 9 Pie updates to both Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 and Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2.
Last month, Asus released the October Android Security Patch with an update for both the Max Pro devices (v16.2017.1910.059 for Max Pro M1 and v16.2017.1910.071 for Max Pro M2) that also fixed some bugs. However, the changelog of the update didn’t mention anything that could lead us to think that the devices are readying for the Android 10 update.
It is quite clear that Asus has always been lazy in the matter of pushing the latest Android updates to its devices. Going by the timeframe the company has maintained last time when it released Android 9 Pie to Max Pro M1 and Max Pro M2, it seems we won’t be able to see the anticipated update for the devices before the second quarter of 2020.