moto z3 Software Update

Verizon Wireless is pleased to announce a software update for your device. This software update has been tested to optimize device performance, resolve known issues and apply the latest security patches.

Before you download:

  • Connect your device to a Wi-Fi network, or make sure it has a strong Verizon Wireless network connection.
  • Ensure your battery is fully charged before starting the software update.

System Update 6

The details:

Release date: 06/25/2019
Android™ Security Patch Level: June 1, 2019
Software Version: PDX29.84-42

What's changing:

The current software update provides:

  • The most up to date Android security patches on your device.
  • Improved data speeds when the moto z3 is attached to the 5G Moto Mod.
  • Improved stability and performance of your phone.


System Update Instructions

If you received a notification message for this software update:

  1. Tap Yes, I'm in to start downloading the software update.

  2. Once the software update has finished downloading, Tap Install now.

  3. Your phone will restart automatically after the install.


You've successfully updated your phone.

If you didn't receive a notification message for this software update, follow the steps below to manually update your phone:

  1. Tap the Settings icon in the apps menu.

  2. Tap About phone.

  3. Tap System updates.

  4. Tap Yes, I'm in to start downloading the software update.

  5. Once the software update has finished, tap Install now.

  6. Your phone will restart automatically after the install.


You've successfully updated your phone.

If you don't have a strong connection to Wi-Fi or the Verizon Wireless network, you may not be able to perform a software update over the air. Instead, you can connect your device to a computer with Internet access. Connect your device to your computer using your USB cable, then download the Software Upgrade / Repair Assistant tool to your computer, which will check for software updates and initiate the software update process.



System Update 5

The details:

Release date: 05/23/2019
Android Security Patch Level: May 1, 2019
Software Version: PDXS29.84-30-3

What's changing:

The current software update gives you the most up to date Android security patches on your device.



System Update 4

The details:

Release date: 04/02/2019
Android Security Patch Level: March 1, 2019
Software Version: PDX29.84-30

What's changing:

5G moto mod support: Add blazing fast 5G to your moto z3. Attach the new 5G moto mod to get access to Verizon's new 5G Ultra Wideband network. 5G network coverage available in select areas in 2019; expanding after that.

Android 9.0 Pie improves your mobile experience, from the new Intuitive Navigation and Recent App, an improved Do Not Disturb mode, and a colorful settings menu, to an anticipated longer battery life and revamped split-screen. Android Pie also brings a redesigned Quick Settings, simplified volume controls, an easier way to manage notifications and more.

After installing the software update you may notice changes that include:

Usability

  • Adaptive Battery: Get more from a single charge. Adaptive Battery prioritizes 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 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 + Volume Down" method still works). You can also edit your screenshots immediately after taking them and a delete option is also available.
  • Improved audio controls: The volume slider is now vertical and close to the volume buttons. You can switch between Ring, Mute, and Vibrate Only mode. Plus, media controls now default to volume adjusted and Do Not Disturb cannot be turned on/off via the volume keys anymore. Bluetooth® device volumes are also accessed whenever connected. As usual, "Volume Up + Power" changes the ring mode to Vibrate.
  • Zoom in text: You can finally manage the annoying mistakes of selecting incorrect text. Now, when you long press a phrase or text, it will automatically magnify at the pointer. It also helps you read small text and select words precisely.
  • New and updated emojis: 157 new emojis, as well as a gender-neutral concept.
  • Settings icon while on PIP mode: Tapping the new settings icon brings you to the app's PiP settings, where you can enable or disable the feature.
  • 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 split screen capabilities accessed by pressing the app icon above the thumbnail. Dragging the split screen border will select the app you want in Full screen.

Notifications

  • 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 to you a couple of actions for the types of notifications you usually dismiss. It will offer to turn off frequently dismissed notifications by asking you if you would like to stop seeing these notifications or allow it to keep showing them.
  • Notification bar: A maximum of 4 notifications are visible 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 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

  • Performance improvements: Applications will launch faster and use less memory, gaining performance and efficiency improvements.
  • Power efficiency: Refinements to Doze, App Standby, and Background Limits to improve battery life.
  • Background App privacy: This system restricts access to your phone’s microphone, camera, and other sensors (other than GPS). A persistent notification is shown if an app needs access while in the background.
  • Bluetooth enhancements: Simultaneous connection of up to 5 Bluetooth audio devices. However, there is no option for 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 turns OFF when there is no connection. It disables automatically, preventing others nearby from connecting to your network.

Security

  • Security enhancements: An alert tone will sound when a call is being Recorded to all parties. Also the Pattern unlock, instead of simply leaving the trail visible, hides the swipe trail 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, and hacker attacks become much more difficult.
  • DNS over TLS support: This creates a secure connection to the DNS server before DNS queries and responses happen. For example, someone monitoring the connection will have a harder time seeing what you're doing.
  • HTTPs by default: All applications built for Android Pie onwards will send and receive data via HTTPS by default, ensuring that your data is better protected as you communicate with the app's servers, especially public Wi-Fi.


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