Having tested nearly every “playing” device to be launched in the last year, we can safely say that Asus went above and beyond the rest of the crop building a flushed-out powerhouse interface and an amazing app community to go with it. In our full review, most of the gripes we had with the phone were almost confined to technology and the occasional omission. The concept of nitpicking is essentially. Okay, some of these are actually addressed by the latest 16.0631.1910.35 software update. One important thing is the computer backup to actually take full advantage of the improved AirTriggers second generation of the device.
If you’re not in the know, the AirTriggers are a pair of ultrasonic sensors on the right phone frame that debuted on the original ROG Phone and were further improved on the ROG Phone II. Most importantly, the sensors could detect swipe gestures on top of the taps in their second generation. Now Asus has finally given the software support for using these swipe gestures and tracking in game both horizontal and vertical on-screen swipes. Naturally, the process takes place through the game environment of Armoury Crate, where all the physical to digital power mapping Asus provides takes place already.
With a custom length and a common starting point, you can replicate both horizontal and vertical swipes. Whatever you need to choose the game. Interestingly, we clearly remember that the mysterious failure to set custom app icons was one of the few major critiques of the otherwise visually and technically flushed-out Armoury Crate design we had. Okay, you can do this now. There is also an additional grid gui if you don’t like the standard carousel.
Last but not least, the update is also available on the ROG Phone II in Google’s October 2019 security patches. If the OTA gui doesn’t do it for you, you can access the upgrade kit from the source page. Now if only Asus were able to apply the same level of care and commitment to some of its other phones, such as the original ROG Phone and Zenfone 4, both of which are currently stuck on Android Oreo and lack support.