Google’s Android security patch for the month of May recently expanded its reaches and landed on two additional smartphones in the United States, namely the unlocked HTC 10 and the Motorola Droid Turbo 2 at Verizon Wireless. The update appears similar on both devices in that it doesn’t contain details for any other notable changes or additions besides the security fixes, and as per the usual case, the update is distributed OTA (over the air) and will continue to expand gradually in the coming days and weeks.
The latest May security patch for the HTC 10 and the Motorola Droid Turbo 2 weighs about 250MB. In the case of the HTC 10, the update is identified as software version 2.48.617.11, whereas the software package for the Motorola Droid Turbo 2 carries version 25.201.6.kinzie_verizon.verizon.en.US. Of course, the HTC 10 and Motorola Droid Turbo 2 are very different devices but the changes introduced in the May security patch will be similar and will take place largely under the hood. As for the update’s availability, the package is delivered OTA, meaning that HTC 10 and Motorola Droid Turbo 2 owners can either wait for the update notification to arrive on their devices, or attempt to apply the update manually by heading down to the phone’s Settings menu and their respective software-related sub-menus. Ensure the smartphone has at least 50% battery life left before applying the update, and try updating the device over an active WiFi network to avoid slow download speeds or possible extra charges on your bill.
As yet there’s no word on the update’s availability for the unlocked HTC 10 outside the US, so hopefully the international variant will catch up soon. The HTC 10 was launched in May 2016 running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and the device has already been updated to Android 7.0 Nougat. On the other hand, the Motorola Droid Turbo 2 was released exclusively on Verizon Wireless in the United States in October 2015. The smartphone ran the latest version of Android OS at that time – Android 5.1.1 Lollipop – and in the meantime the handset has been updated to both Android Marshmallow in March 2016, as well as Android 7.0 Nougat at the beginning of 2017. With roughly 20 months of market availability under its belt and two major Android OS updates in tow, the Motorola Droid Turbo 2 is nearing end of life and will likely only receive security patches going forward.