Moto Z2 Force Getting Android Pie Along With 5G Moto Mod Support on Verizon

Jul 25, 2019
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Motorola and timely software upgrades are rarely found together in the same sentence, and unfortunately, the company has little to prove me wrong. It is usual for a lot of Motorola smartphone users to wait for extended periods for software updates and security patches. Owners of the Moto Z2 Force on Verizon can, however, rejoice. The device is receiving its much-awaited Android Pie update today that also allows users to use Motorola's 5G Moto Mod. Users on other network's have no such luck, as the company decided against shipping the update on other variants of the Moto Z2 Force. Here's the full changelog according to Verizon:

Adaptive Battery: Get more from a single charge. Adaptive Battery prioritizes battery power on the apps you use the most and applies restrictions on the ones you use the least. Battery saver can now be activated from 70% or below.

Adaptive Brightness: Fewer manual adjustments are necessary for better performance. Machine learning takes notes of your habits and automatically adjusts to your activities.

Quick settings improvements: No shortcuts anymore (Toggles are no longer expandable, but pressing and holding a toggle goes to setting detail). The icons have been redesigned with a rounded concept and circular background.

Rotation key: Android Pie presents a temporary rotation even with the auto-rotate disabled. A rotation button is displayed whenever it detects your phone has changed orientation.

Redesigned Settings app: Colorful icons for each selection with a circular background. It also warns if the phone is muted or in Do not Disturb mode. Order, name, and placement of the settings options have not changed.

Better Screenshots: Another handy Android 9.0 feature is the addition of the virtual screenshot button/shortcut to the power menu (the old power and volume down method still works). You can also edit your screenshots immediately after taking them and a delete option is also available.

Other UI changes: Time is now on the left side and the search bar is now rounded. There is a new task manager / recents list that now shows a horizontal list instead of vertical and includes the split screen capabilities by pressing the app icon above the thumbnail. Dragging the split screen border will select the app you want in Full screen.

Notification UI changes: Notifications now have rounded corners. It also supports inline images/stickers and distinguishes between single/group conversations.

Dismissing Notifications: Android Pie will now suggest a couple of actions for the type of notifications you usually dismiss. It will offer to turn off frequently dismissed notifications by asking if you would like to stop seeing these notifications or keep showing them.

Notification bar: Maximum of 4 visible notifications in the status bar before the list is truncated with a dot to indicate more unseen icons.

Manage Notifications: A shortcut at the bottom of the cards in the notification shade that allows you to see a user-facing list of recent notification activity. If it's something annoying you can flip the toggle right there to disable unwanted notifications in future.

Performance improvements: Applications will launch faster and use less memory, improving performance and efficiency.

Power efficiency: Refinements to Doze, App Standby, and Background Limits to improve battery life.

Background App privacy: System restricts access to phone's microphone, camera, and other sensors (other than GPS). A persistent notification is shown if an app needs access while in background.

Bluetooth enhancements: Simultaneous connection of up to 5 Bluetooth audio devices. However, there is no option to simultaneous playback. You need to choose the device to be used. Also, Android 9.0 remembers the last volume level for paired devices.

Wi-Fi optimization: Wi-Fi hotspot goes OFF if there is no connection. It disables automatically, preventing others nearby from connecting to your network.

Stability improvements: Includes system enhancements and improves the stability of your phone.

Security enhancements: An alert tone will be heard when a call is being Recorded to all parties. Also the Pattern unlock hides your swipe trail instead of simply leaving the trail visible until the phone has fully unlocked. This is better for security.

Data encryption: Android Pie will now perform client-side data encryption and/or decryption on your phone; authentication is required (password, PIN, pattern), plus Google backs up all information to the cloud, making hacking attacks much more difficult.

Verizon's 5G network is only available in select cities, so it might be best for you to check if it is available at your location before purchasing the $349 Moto Mod. The update bears build version PCX29.159-21 and weigh in at around 1.5GB. It is now available to all Moto Z2 Force users and should arrive OTA in the coming days. Head over to Settings> About Phone> System Updates to trigger it manually.

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