There's no nice way to say this, ASUS has a history bloated software and taking too much time with updates. I imported and owned the monstrous (and glorious) Zenfone 3 Ultra and my only real complaints with the device were the amount of pre-installed garbage and how slowly it got the Nougat update. It took me a full hour when I was setting up the device to turn off all the duplicate features and applications.

According to Android Police, ASUS will be rectifying that. With its ZenUI 4.0 — launching with the Zenfone 4 series and coming later to the Zenfone 3 series — Asus will be cutting down on pre-installed applications significantly. ZenUI 3.5 currently includes 35 pre-installed applications, while ZenUI 4.0 will only include 13. The company also states certain apps will get some percentage faster but did not quantify those measurements.

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ASUS also confirmed the entire Zenfone 3 and Zenfone 4 series would be upgraded to Android 8.0, though the company states its goal is to have all devices upgraded by the second half of 2018. That's about the time Android P will be launching, so ASUS isn't going to break any speed records with these updates.

As for Zenfone 4 itself, the device is supposed to feature a dual camera system common on most late 2017 flagships. Asus has not hinted at availability for the Zenfone 4. Sadly, it also appears for now there won't be a Zenfone 4 Ultra.

Is ASUS making the right moves here, or do we need to wait and see? Shout out in the comments!