ROG Phone Finally Starts Getting Android Pie. With the launch of the ROG Phone, Asus's gaming lineage started back in 2018.
Being a ROG product followed the lines of the company's acclaimed gaming PC series. The quintessential overkill phone as it was called back then came running Android Oreo and was expected to receive the update to Android Pie sometime this year. After many delays it's finally arrived, more than two weeks after beta testing on the ROG phone 2 had already begun.
Through this update, Asus has brought a ton of Android Pie features to the device. It has also ported back it’s gaming-centric features from the ROG Phone 2. The Armoury Crate-known formerly as The Game Center has undergone a redesign for the device & so has the Game Genie panel. It has also shed some bloatware with the Pie update.
These are the changes that Android Pie brings to the ROG Phone:
- Game Center redesigned & renamed to Armoury Crate.
- Game Genie panel upgraded & redesigned.
- Brings Android Pie ‘swipe on the home button gesture'.
- Redesigned volume control panel in the roots of Android Pie.
- Revamped Mobile Manager, Contacts, File Manager, Calculator, Clock, Gallery, and Weather applications.
- Brings “Adaptive brightness”, “Adaptive Battery”, “New notifications”, “Status bar icon manager”, “Screen recorder”, and “Local backup” in Settings.
- Brings support for a 24-hour weather forecast.
- Removed the Yandex cloud option of the File Manager App.
- Removed Page Marker, ZeniMoji, Report Location in Safeguard, weather animation setting, AI charging.
Had these changes arrived at a perfect time they truely could've made the ROG Phone more appealing to it’s intended gaming-centric audience. It has a killer 90 Hz display, an overclocked snapdragon 845 which outperformed pretty much everything else on the market, innovative features such as the air triggers, a design that made a statement, the badass cooling vents, and options for an abundance of gaming-centric accessories.
The dual front-firing stereo speakers were pretty much the best in the market as well. It also had a killer camera setup which it's main rival the Razer Phone 2 lacked along with its various shortcomings. It had a very underwhelming UI experience & poor first-gen software optimization from Asus's part. And this incremental software update fixes that issue with flying colors. Thus making the hugely reduced in prize ROG Phone a more appealing buy for someone looking to make a statement on a budget.