Remember the Poco F1 Widevine fiasco? We were the ones who discovered the issue, and made a big impact with it.

Zenfone Max Pro M1 Widevine issue update

And now it appears that another company is about to receive flak from its users. We’re looking at you ASUS.

Zenfone Max Pro M1 Widevine level downgraded

The August Security Update from the company has downgraded the Zenfone Max Pro M1 Widevine certification from L1 to L3. What does that mean? You can no longer what videos in 1080p FullHD resolution using services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc, which rely on Google’s DRM for video streaming.

Zenfone Max Pro M1 Widevine level before it was downgradedZenfone Max Pro M1 Widevine level before it was downgraded

Zenfone Max Pro M1 Widevine level downgraded
Zenfone Max Pro M1 Widevine level downgraded after the update

The update in question arrives in the form of the firmware version WW-16.2017.1906.057. We received the update today on our Zenfone Max Pro M1 which was running on Version WW-16.2017.1905.053. The update is about 252MB in size, and the full OTA Zip for it, which is about 1.53GB can be found on the official website.Zenfone Max Pro M1 Widevine issue update 2

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So, if you want to stream 1080p videos you may want to avoid this update.

The change-log for version .057 mentions that the Max Pro M1 has been updated to the August Security Patch from Google. It fixes an issue related to vibration occurring during phone calls, and a display system issue.

The Zenfone Max Pro M1 Widevine level issue isn’t the only problem in this update. Oh, boy.

Other bugs in the August Security Update for Zenfone Max Pro M1

When you view a video in landscape mode, and switch to portrait, the phone’s display flickers for a second. It rotates to portrait mode, shifts to a black screen and then re-rotates from landscape to normal portrait mode.

The status bar icons are un-equally sized or mis-aligned, which makes it slightly awkward looking.

Zenfone Max Pro M1 status bar icons are un-equally sized
What a mess ASUS? Was this even tested before being rolled out to users?


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