Bloatastic Update To The ASUS Zenfone Selfie Brings A Bunch Of New...

Bloatastic Update To The ASUS Zenfone Selfie Brings A Bunch Of New Crapware And Cheetah Mobile, Of Course

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I’m pretty sure something was lost in translation between the different reviews of ASUS’ more recent generations of phones and the company’s software development team. Everyone has lamented the high customization of ZenUI, the software layer that ASUS has slapped on top of Android, and its endless list of pre-installed and useless apps. On our own team, different writers unanimously pointed to the software as the major drawback for the Zenfone 2, Zenfone 2E, Zenpad S 8.0, Zenfone Selfie, and Zenfone 2 Laser. So what’s ASUS to do to fix that?
Add more bloat. For realsies. That’s what’s happening with the latest update to the Zenfone Selfie, as if the phone wasn’t full of preloaded crapware already. Or as if ASUS needed more reasons to make their everyday users hate them for filling up their phone to the brim with things that they likely won’t ever need or use.
The update in question is version 1.15.40.1238 and it started rolling out on March 8 to devices. It should take about a week to reach all phones. What does it add? Well, there’s an app by ASUS called ZenChoice that’s supposed to be “your All-in-One app solutions platform to enrich your device’s functionality.” I’m not sure what that is, but it seems like a front to download more bloatware — woop!
Then there are these unmissable gems. CM Security is Cheetah Mobile’s “security” app which is supposed to “protect your devices from virus, malicious ads, or spyware. Use CM Security for your premium protection.” That’s just rich, for a company that’s notorious for injecting its apps with adware at every opportunity and in every screen and outlet possible, and that’s not to mention the actual utility of the apps themselves. Sure, CM scan my phone for viruses, I wonder if you’ll flag yourself as

Article originally published at: Android Police