Asus Zenfone 9 is now getting Android 13 update
In November, Asus unveiled its official Android 13 update timeline, and the first device expected to get it was the Zenfone 9, which was supposed to receive the new software in December. This has now happened today, with several reports coming from Zenfone 9 owners from a bunch of countries on Reddit.
We can also confirm that the rollout is in progress, as one of our review units has already been updated. Unlike other companies, Asus organizes its rollouts by serial number, not country or territory, so it’s basically luck – you can’t really predict when yours will get it. However, it might be worth checking manually, because that’s how we got it. There was no notification, but once we checked manually, we updated instantly.
Asus Zenfone 9 running Android 13
The new build is tagged WW_33.0804.2060.65 and includes the December 5, 2022 security patch level. I can’t get more current than that. Asus’ ZenUI has stayed very close to Android, especially in terms of looks, although it offers a few handy additions here and there. Nothing too personalized, though, and the overall feel of the UI is eerily similar to what you’d get on a Pixel.
The changelog is miles long, so we won’t bore you here. We will however mention that after the update you will be offered a quick tutorial mentioning some of the new features. It appears to have been done by Google, but it’s impossible to say for sure.
Android 13 Tutorial
Highlights new notification permission, cross-device copy-paste, increased privacy when it comes to app media access, new media player with dancing playbar and on-screen album artwork comprehensive, and the ability to assign different languages to different applications. .
The next Asus devices in line to receive the Android 13 update are the Zenfone 8 and Zenfone 8 Flip, which will get it next month.