ASUS ROG Phone II gets Android 11 while newer phones get Android 12

ROG Phone II

ASUS is on track to become one of the fastest smartphone makers shipping Android 12 updates. Some of its most recent smartphones like those on the ZenFone 8 series are set to receive the newer Android 12 update by the next month. However, the same treatment may not reach older devices like the ASUS ROG Phone II. The device was launched in 2019 and is getting today its long-anticipated Android 11 update. That’s right, while others will get Android 12, the old handset is getting Android 11.

ASUS hasn’t announced the phone’s Android 11 upgrade on its English website yet. However, we already know the update is reaching the Chinese units. It has revealed the changelog previously on the company’s Chinese website, and the beta testing started in late September. Today, the update is rolling out to a few lucky owners of the handset. The update carries a build number of 18.0210.2111.160 and started rolling out on Tuesday. It includes all goodies introduced with Android 11.

ROG Phone II

The list of goodies includes chat bubbles, a Conversations section for notifications, a built-in screen recorder, new APIs for apps, and improvements for privacy and permissions. The update also brings a newer ROG UI which runs on ROG Phone 3 and ROG Phone 5. You can check this update’s changelog below.

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ASUS ROG Phone II Android 11-based ROG UI update changelog:

  • Upgrade system to Android 11
  • Some third-party software is not yet compatible with Android 11
  • Please backup your data before upgrading. If you want to downgrade from Android 11 to Android 10, you can use the official software package, but all data will be erased
  • Import the new ROG UI interface design
  • Update Armoury Crate, game wizard, smart housekeeper, contact, phone, file management, computer, clock, picture library, weather, recording program, settings, one-key switch, local backup, boot wizard, system update, and other applications
  • Support one-time permissions, improved file access permission control, automatic reset permissions, and other private functions
  • Support to maintain Bluetooth connection when the flying mode is turned on
  • Adjusted to the Android 11 notification bar style, support for displaying notifications of ongoing conversations
  • The classic style of the power button menu supports Android 11 device control and Google Pay
  • Update the automatic switching system color matching, return to the advanced options of gestures, SIM card, and other setting functions. Replaced with the latest one-handed design
  • Notification settings Added notification records and dialog settings
  • The power control function of the smart housekeeper is integrated into the battery set
  • Adjust the quick setting panel interface. Support media control function. Add nearby sharing option
  • On the recent apps page, long-press the app icon above the task card to add options such as lock apps, screenshots, and sharing
  • Computer adjusted design to the latest native style
  • Added the option to display blocked calls in the call log settings of the phone
  • Fine-tune the size of the status bar icon to maintain display consistency
  • Clock add date setting alarm, group alarm function
  • Picture library supports new editing page
  • Update the conversion data of the one-key switch with the default check logic
  • Adjust the related pages of the boot wizard
  • System update setting adjustment and update logic
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