Asus has started rolling out the firmware version 18.104.22.168 as an OTA (over-the-air) update to its Asus Zenfone 2 (ZE551ML) which brings a number of fixes as well as Android for Work functionality. The fixes include: Improved overall system stability, fix for issues related to video and sound, fixes related to SD card performance, improved smartbox, fixes for miracast streaming, PosteMobile NFC and a lot of other improvements.
The Zenfone lineup from Asus has been doing pretty good in terms of sales, at least in some parts of the globe. Asus also makes sure that this lineup is adequately equipped to tackle handsets across different price budgets. But doing so requires a lot of optimizations which is not possible sometimes and as it has been so far, Intel chips don’t really get along well with Android. Although Android has bought in native x86 architecture support starting from Android Lollipop, it still requires some optimizations.
The most notable fixes were the Google Play stop services issue and the network operator issue. The email application also receives a boost in functionality and an advanced list of settings. The update is also said to improve the performance of the Zen UI and eliminate micro-stutterings.
The update weighs in at around 74 MB and we highly recommend you to take a backup of your existing data before attempting to update. In case you have not received any notification regarding the update, dive into your settings and check if the auto-search functionality for updates is turned on.