ZenFone 5 Android 9 update now rolling out!

ZenFone 5 Android 9 Pie update
ZenFone 5 Android 9 Pie update

MANILA, Philippines – ASUS has started rolling out Android 9.0 (Pie) on the ZenFone 5 as an OTA (over-the-air) system update! According to a press release provided by ASUS, the rest of the ZenFone 5 series (ZenFone 5Z and ZenFone 5Q) will also receive the update in the very near future.

READ: Zenfone 5: The most refined ZenFone yet [review]

The update includes major improvements in the ZenUI user experience, as well as several new features that have been introduced by Google in Android Pie, including a contextual pop-up volume bar, a new magnifier feature for easier copy-paste, and the improved gesture-based navigation system.

Zenfone 5 front hand-held
Zenfone 5 front hand-held

Users can also expect improvements in system performance, as well support for the latest OpenGL and Vulkan APIs for a better gaming experience.

Since it first came out in April 2018, the ZenFone 5 series received international recognition, including the prestigious COMPUTEX 2018’s Best Choice Golden award.

Night shot - Boracay Philippines re-opening smartphone photo taken on an ASUS ZenFone 5 by Den Uy of TechKuya
Night shot – Boracay Philippines re-opening smartphone photo taken on an ASUS ZenFone 5 by Den Uy of TechKuya

Scoring 93 points in DXOMark’s photo tests, the ZenFone 5 is a decent choice for mobile photography in its price range, and it shows. Our team managed to capture amazing beach, sunset, and night mode photos on the ZenFone 5 when Boracay re-opened last year.

The new software will be distributed automatically via a firmware-over-the-air (FOTA) update according to the schedule listed below.

ZenFone 5 ZE620KL Roll-out ongoing
ZenFone 5Z ZS620KL End-January 2019
ZenFone 5Q ZC600KL End-January 2019

How do you update the ZenFone 5 to Android 9 (Pie)?

Automatic update via OTA

Once the update is available, a notification will automatically appear on the phone’s status bar. The user just needs to tap on the notification to download the update.

Once download is completed, a pop-up notification to install the update will appear: tapping ‘Install’ will then start the installation.

The device will reboot twice during the installation of the update. Users should not turn off the device until the home screen appears.

Manual download / install procedure

It may take about one week for the system to complete the auto push. If the update notification/prompt is not received, it can be checked and initiated manually via the Settings > System > System Updates menu path.