Verizon Release Security Update For Motorola DROID Turbo

The 2014 Motorola DROID Turbo, originally released as a Verizon Wireless exclusive late in the year but later unveiled in different markets around the world, is a very capable handset. It's based around a 5.2-inch, QHD very high resolution AMOLED panel and a quad-core, 2.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 System-on-Chip. There's 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage plus a 20.7 MP rear camera. And unfortunately customers on America's largest network, Verizon, are still waiting for the device to receive the software update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The device is easily capable of running Android Marshmallow but Verizon are dragging their feet in working on the update. Still, Verizon customers of Motorola's other 2014 high end device, the Moto X, are not set to receive the update at all.

We do understand that Verizon are still supporting the device as today we have news of a software update for the device, but unfortunately for customers waiting for Android 6.0 Marshmallow, this might be taken as a tease! Verizon are rolling out version .21.49.quark_verizon.verizon.en.US vzw for the DROID Turbo, which brings with it two features as well as device performance optimizations. The first is an improvement in call performance but it is not clear what exactly this means: it could be enhanced audio quality or it might be networking improvements to the device to improve handover when moving between base stations. The second improvement is, in Verizon's words, "the latest Android security patches." Unfortunately, here it isn't clear if this means security patches up to and including May have been included in the update and seeing as the device is not yet running Android 6.0, it will not be obvious the date of the security patches.

The update is rolling out to DROID Turbo customers. Verizon cautions customers to connect the device to a Wi-Fi network or ensure it has a strong signal before the update, and to ensure the battery is fully charged. The release notes also caution for customers to "...allow additional time for the apps on your device to continue to download after the software update." Although the update should arrive automatically, customers can visit the Settings menu, then About Phone and look for the software update feature.

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David Steele

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I grew up with 8-bit computers and moved into PDAs in my professional life, using a number of devices from early Windows CE clamshells and later. Today, my main devices are a Nexus 5X, a Sony Xperia Z Tablet and a coffee cup.