Verizon's low-cost, low-end Asus ZenFone V Live is updated to Android 8.0 Oreo

Verizon's low-cost, low-end Asus ZenFone V Live is updated to Android 8.0 Oreo
You don’t often see Asus smartphones released on major US networks, and even when that does happen, carriers like Verizon rarely throw their weight behind high-end models like the ZenFone 5Z or nichey products like the ROG Phone.

Instead, Big Red continues to sell a humble Asus ZenFone V Live at a fittingly affordable price. The 5-incher, unconventionally marketed as “your on-the-go live-streaming companion”, was even offered at one point free of charge for operator switchers.

Otherwise, you need to pay $168 for it, or $7 a month if you sign up to a two-year installment agreement. Originally released running Android 7.1.1 Nougat, the ZenFone V Live is currently being updated to 8.0 Oreo.

That’s clearly more than a little late, as a number of non-Google devices are already powered by the newer Pie flavor of the world’s most popular mobile OS, but be honest, you kind of expected Verizon to forget all about such a modest handset.

This is without a doubt the first and last major software update rolling out for the Asus ZenFone V Live, which features a Snapdragon 425 processor, 5-inch screen with 1280 x 720 resolution and an outdated 16:9 aspect ratio, as well as 2GB RAM, and only 16GB internal storage space.

While it’s definitely depressing to see August security patches delivered in October and a 2017 OS version so poorly distributed near the end of 2018, owners of this ultra-affordable, low-end device should be happy to receive Picture-in-Picture support, redesigned notifications, Autofill capabilities, multi-window mode, and app categories, among many other sweet Oreo treats.

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