Asus updates one of its older gaming phones to Android 12

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Asus and Lenovo are among the few handset makers to keep launching gaming-focused smartphones. Unlike typical flagship handsets, the ROG and Legion phones have a number of additional components that make them excel at running mobile games, such as a cooling system, a large battery and a high refresh rate display. Of course, all these gaming phones are treated as flagships, so they get major Android updates for at least two years, which is why Asus is now upgrading the ROG Phone 3, a device launched in 2020, to Android 12.

Although it comes later than ROG Phone 3 owners would have liked, the Android 12 update includes quite a few new features and improvements.

  • System upgraded to Android 12
  • Redesigned Mobile Manager, Contacts, Phone, File Manager, Calculator, Clock, Gallery, Weather, Sound Recorder, Settings, Data Transfer, Local Backup, Setup Wizard, System Update Apps
  • Updated the console design in Armory Crate
  • Custom Quick Settings panel, notification tray and volume panel to Android 12 design
  • Added privacy dashboard features, camera and microphone indicators, clipboard access, approximate location access, and microphone access
  • ASUS Safeguard replaced with Android 12 Emergency SOS
  • New widget page design introduced in Launcher. Repositioned the screenshot option and removed the hotseat app icons on the overview page.
  • Removed Quick Settings layout option in display settings
  • ASUS Phone has removed support for SIP calls because Android 12 does not support SIP calls natively

According to Asussome third-party apps that previously worked on ROG Phone 3 may not be compatible with Android 12 yet. However, they are not listed in the changelog, so you just have to figure it out for yourself.

Since this is a phased rollout, it may take a few days for the update to reach all ROG Phone 3 devices, but it’s worth checking out if you’re not getting any notifications.

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