Verizon Wireless has launched a new software update for three of its Motorola smartphones on its network, introducing a new Android security patch and more importantly, fixing the BlueBorne vulnerability. The update is now available for the Moto Z Droid Edition, Moto Z Force, and the Moto Z Play, and unsurprisingly the software package is distributed as an over-the-air (OTA) update, meaning it should gradually expand to all eligible smartphones in the United States over the next few days.
BlueBorne is the name of a recently discovered vulnerability that can technically give hackers remote control over a wide range of Bluetooth-enabled devices. It’s a Bluetooth issue and affects more than just smartphones and tablets. Fortunately, the large majority of Android smartphone makers and carriers have already begun patching this vulnerability, and in the case of Verizon Wireless, the operator previously launched BlueBorne fixes for a number of smartphones including several Samsung Galaxy models, as well as the Moto Z2 Force. Now it’s time for three additional Motorola smartphones to get their share of attention, and the good news is that aside from the BlueBorne fix, this latest update also brings the Android security patch level to the month of September for all three Moto models.
As usual, the update is accompanied by a notification and is currently distributed gradually and in phases, meaning that not every eligible unit out there will take advantage of the fixes at the same time. Either way, readers who happen to own one or more of the aforementioned devices can also attempt to trigger the update manually from their phone’s respective settings menus, but regardless of the update method, it is highly advisable to apply the software package over an active Wi-Fi network, and after ensuring that the smartphone has at least fifty percent battery charge left. All three Moto Droid models that are now being updated have been launched by the Lenovo-owned OEM in 2016 running Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box and have all made the jump to Android 7.0 Nougat, in addition to being expected to receive Android 8.0 Oreo at some point in the future, presumably in early 2018.