Asus has promised to release Android Marshmallow for many of its ZenFone devices by the second quarter of 2016 and it seems to be rushing now to make good on its deadline. The first device to get the update was the ZenFone 2 Laser ZE500KL and ZE550KL, and today another model joins it: the ZenFone Max.
The ZenFone Max isn't just good enough to star in a series of speed rapping videos, it's also great if you want a phone that lasts for two days straight thanks to a hefty 5000mAh battery. This update that it should start receiving OTA today is version WW_126.96.36.199. It pushes the device up to Marshmallow with all of its features (Doze mode, per-app permissions, Now on Tap, and so on) and also removes some of the redundant apps that Asus had preloaded on the Max.
Notably gone are Asus Email, Asus Calendar, and Asus Messaging. Given the criticism that the company received for its super bloated software with tons of duplicate apps and useless preloaded junk, it's nice to see it trimming the fat and leaving the user with the essentials.
The only warning is that APP2SD won't work with Marshmallow, so you'll have to move your apps from the SD card to the phone before upgrading. Good thing you'll have more internal space then.
- Asus Forums