The Verizon-exclusive Android-powered Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid smartphones are now receiving their first-ever update since they hit the U.S. network operator in July.
The over-the-air (OTA) security update for the Verizon variants of the devices was pushed out on Aug. 29 and bears the build number MCL24.246-36 and has a file size of 436 MB.
The system update for the Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid — the names of the Verizon variant of the handset — is possibly the monthly patch Lenovo-owned Motorola told consumers they could expect shortly after the launch of the smartphones.
For the unfamiliar, near the end of July controversy over whether the Moto Z and Moto Z Force would benefit from Google's monthly security updates ensued. Traditionally, Motorola has never rolled out monthly updates for its devices, which led to confusion as reports that it had flatly said "no" to a monthly update emerged. Motorola later clarified that it would be "most efficient" for it to "bundle security updates in a scheduled Maintenance Release (MR) or OS upgrade."
The current security update will be welcomed by Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid handset owners. While Verizon Wireless has yet to share a changelog of the update, per reports, it basically brings the security patch to Google's July patch level.
The fact that this is not the latest Android security update from Google may disappoint many subscribers of the new flagship smartphones. It is a few days until September, which means that Google will soon push out a new patch, making the August security update nearly obsolete.
So essentially, Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid users who will get the July security patch will be nearly two months behind on the monthly Android security patch update.
The July security patch for the Verizon-exclusive Moto smartphones bring "enhancements, improvements and the latest Android security updates." The update takes nearly 20 minutes to download according to Motorola, so ensure that you have sufficient battery charge on your Moto Z Droid or Moto Z Force Droid Edition before you begin the download.
If you have not received an alert to download the July security patch on your Moto Z Force Droid or Moto Z Droid smartphone, you can check for the same manually. To do so, navigate to:
Settings > About Device > Software Updates > Check for Updates.
Have you received the security patch for your Moto Z Droid or Moto Z Force Droid smartphone yet? Let us know in the comments section below.