Last month, Asus began recruiting testers for the Android 11 Beta program of ASUS ROG Phone 3. A month later, it has finally started rolling out the first Beta build to those Closed Beta testers.
As reported by XDADevelopers, an update with firmware version 18.0410.2101.80 is rolling out to the users of ROG Phone 3. Just like the report says, it’s a closed Beta so it’s currently available only for a small group of people who applied for the Beta program.
Anyway, the update is about 1.1GB in size and brings the Android 11 OS to the device. If you recall, the ROG Phone 3 launched in July 2020 with Android 10 OS out of the box. The UI on the device has ASUS’s ROG UI/ZenUI as an option.
Coming back, you can expect all the Android 11 features like chat bubbles, one-time permissions management, permission auto-reset, and more. That said, you can expect a lot of other changes that ASUS brings for its own UI to the table.
ASUS has been a bit off when it comes to updating its devices. Although it began registrations of the Android 11 Beta program for the ASUS Zenfone 6 way before the official Android 11 announcement, the company rolled out the stable update a bit late.
Add to this, ASUS also confirmed that the original ROG Phone won’t even get the 2019’s Android 10 OS. Either way, the Android 11 for ROG Phone 3 is its first major update so it’s a no-brainer that the device is getting the attention.
Speaking of which, currently, there is no info on when both the Open Beta and stable update rollout for this device will begin.