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Where Are Firmware Updates; Where is Bootloader Unlock?

Rising Star I

I was browsing the forums and under the release notes, I see this page: 

Looks like they are still releasing firmware for ZenFone 7 -- attempting to get them up to a a certain date. This one has a release date of 2023.10.18 and says it patches security up to 2023.08.01.

If ASUS is still working on older, unsupported phones, then does this mean there will be further updates on Zenfone 8? Where are the firmwares for Zenfone 8 at? Why are they not available? 

Lastly, can someone tell us what the actual hold up is with the release of the Bootloader unlock apk? I don't want a form letter answer; I read about security and compliance -- my question is compliance with what? If you're needing to come into compliance with oppressive government regulations (like Chinese Communist Party) can you just split the release into multiple versions? Maybe release a Worldwide apk except for those censorious nations, or even a separate release for North America, Australia, Great Britain, and the like? What is the actual, technical hold up?


Edit: Also find it very, very odd that the product showcase page "product story" in the header menu stops at, and only exclusively advertises ZenFone 6... how very odd! Is it like ASUS stopped trying after that?


Rising Star I

ZZZZZZZ... c'mon ASUS what's the holdup? We're a good part into Q4 already for your promise Q3 launch..