Asus releases two major updates for the Zenfone Zoom and Zenfone 2 Laser


Two of the camera centric smartphones in Asus’s lineup, the Zenfone Zoom and Zenfone 2 Laser are now getting new software updates that bring quite a lot of changes and improvements to the table.

The updates are coming in the form of OTAs for both the smartphones and while the updates don’t change the OS version of either phone, they bring about quite a lot of improvements and fixes.

The Zenfone Zoom (ZX551ML) update has the following changelog:

  • [Charger] Fixed incorrect charging status after cable out.
  • [Camera] Fixed the bug resuled from previous power-on via shutter key.
  • [Audio] Increase headset detect de-bounce time to improve music auto play when plug out headset slowly.
  • [Modem]Patch for MO MT call failure in some areas in GuanZhou
  • [Modem]Improved SIM drop issue.
  • [Camera] Support more Auto Exposure shutter speed value in Mannual Mode.
  • [Camera] Improved Auto Exposure accuracy in Auto Mode.
  • [Camera] Improved digital zoom image quality.
  • [Camera] ImprovedAuto white balance under artificial light source.
  • [Modem]Improve modem stability
  • [Modem]Improved modem service stability
  • [Modem]Improved modem data service stability
  • [Modem]Improved capability of returning to LTE service
  • [eMMC]Enable eMMC ver5.1
  • [Codec]Disable ALAC
  • [Camera]Fixed occational camera APP drop
  • [SD Card]Add the new Project ID of HW_ID_MP_SD
  • [SDCARD]Fixed drop SD card issue and remove the redundant power
  • [Camera] Improved of Auto White Balance
  • [Camera] Improved Auto Focus Speed
  • [Camera] Optimized image quality
  • [Camera] Fixed the NR zoom parameter failure.
  • Several Apps updated
  • Modified several JP version strings
  • ZenUI support Burmese language (Zawgyi font)
  • Add Dr. Booster Smart and free game speed booster for a faster performance on ASUS mobile devices.
  • E-label update (add ID SKD)
  • Improvement of Auto Exposure accuracy.
  • Improvement of digital zoom image quality.
  • Improvement of Auto Focus Speed

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Below is the changelog for the Zenfone 2 Laser (ZE601KL) update:

  • Several Apps update
  • Fix Simp. Chinese Pinyin input issue when searching “Xu” in dialer
  • Improve ASUS Cell Broadcast overall stability
  • Prevent from having no service after reboot while inserting 2 STK cards into device.
  • Fix “滴滴司机” can not dial issue.
  • Add ZenChoice – Your All-in-One app solutions platform to enrich your device’s functionality
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  • ZenUI support Burmese language (Zawgyi)
  • “ASUS Camera new feature
    • Enable Pano Sphere Mode
    • Adjusts the color cast of the ambient light in Beautification mode. This feature provides a more natural glow of people’s faces in Beautification mode. Tap the sun icon to enable/disable the feature.”
  • Settings: Add “Asia/Manila” timezone
  • Update Theme store feature- A new variety of premium themes now available in Themes app!
  • Add Screenshot sound settings
  • Add Android for Work feature
  • Enable Pano Sphere Mode
  • Several Apps update

The update has already started rolling out across devices globally but might take a while before it comes on your particular device. But sources estimate that the update should reach all users within a week itself. Note that you might have to check for the updates manually in order for it to appear so do keep an eye out for it.

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