Verizon's Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid are updated to Android 7.1.1

Motorola's 2016 flagship model in the states, the Moto Z Force Droid, has finally been updated to Android 7.1.1 along with the Moto Z Droid. The third phone in the series, the Moto Z Play Droid, had already received the update in June. New icons now appear in the dock, and many of the icons on the screen are now placed inside a circle instead of a square. Long pressing icons like Google Maps or Twitter will launch certain shortcut actions that can be taken from the home screen.

Besides Android 7.1.1, the update also delivers the July Android security patch to the two phones. While Motorola hasn't said anything official, we would expect both models to be on the list to receive the Android 8.0 (Oreo) update.

If you own the Moto Z Droid or Moto Z Force Droid and you receive the notification telling you that an update has arrived, before you continue the process make sure that you are connected to a Wi-Fi network or to a strong Verizon cellular signal. At the same time, charge your battery to 100% before you begin updating your phone. Because it is being sent out OTA, the update is disseminated in waves. If it doesn't come to your device today, perhaps it will come tomorrow or the day after. You can try to manually coax out the update by going to Settings > System updates > Check for system update.

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Moto Z Force Droid Edition
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 21 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh
Moto Z Droid Edition
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh



1. ern88

Posts: 6; Member since: Aug 29, 2017

stares at my unlocked galaxy s8 on 7.0. -_-

2. joeym2

Posts: 12; Member since: Dec 03, 2009

I'm surprised it doesn't mention the update to the Moto Mods platform. It upgrades from Moto Mod 1.6 and brings Moto Mod 2.0. Some of the newer mods like the 360 camera require 2.0 to work. Only the Z2Force had 2.0 before this.


Posts: 234; Member since: Sep 24, 2015

And yet moto x pure edition still on Android 6.0 September 2016 security patch, no eta or anything by Motorola

6. palmguy

Posts: 986; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

I know :-(

4. Brewski

Posts: 725; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

Got mine this morning as soon as I woke up!

5. asnyder

Posts: 6; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

got mine a few weeks ago and then another this weekend (SOAK test). It first broke my bluetooth and then the minor revision fixed it this weekend (but it was mainly meant to fix SD card crashing). NCL26.118-23-1

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