Kyocera DuraForce Pro 2 Pie update: February 2019 security patch with plenty of bug fixes rolling out

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March 19, 2019: Verizon has a new update for the Kyocera DuraForce Pro 2 that installs the latest Android security patch for February 2019, but that’s not all. After the update, Kyocera DuraForce Pro 2 users will enjoy a new Softkey (Back, Home, Recent) hide function to enhance full-screen mode as well as multiple bug fixes for the occasional radio access loss to the Verizon Wireless network and Bluetooth, unexpected dialogue pop-up for ringtone selection, occasional device reset, and occasional application crash, and so on.

The update is arriving as version 1.309VZ and being an OTA rollout, it will take some time before all units can be able to grab the new firmware.

January 15, 2019: Verizon Wireless released the second-generation rugged Kyocera DuraForce Pro 2 towards the end of last year, coming in as a successor to the DuraForce Pro released in late 2016.

The phone is now receiving its first software update that installs version 1.106VZ. This update comes with December 2018 security patches and adds Android Enterprise Recommended functions.

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Those who have been facing issues with originating a conference call, calling a number with over 31 digits, and providing notification when a call is placed out of their service area should get this update because it has fixes for these issues.

When Network settings are reset, the issue where data usage alert is not reset properly has been fixed and so has the occasional crashing of the camera app. Also, the update enhances the touch panel control in a high electronic noise environment.

It’s an OTA update, meaning it will take some time before it arrives on all Kyocera DuraForce Pro 2 handsets. With that said, you ought to be patient since the update has just started rolling out, suggesting it could arrive on your device towards the end of the week.

Kyocera DuraForce Pro 2 software update timeline

Date Software version & Android OS Changelog
18 Mar 2019 1.309VZ | Android 8.0 February 2019 security patch, adds Softkey (Back, Home, Recent) hide function to enhance full-screen mode, fixes issues of occasional radio access loss to the Verizon Wireless network and Bluetooth, an unexpected dialogue pop-up for ringtone selection, occasional device reset, and occasional application crash, and so on
01 Feb 2019 1.202VZ | Android 8.0 January 2019 security patch
14 Jan 2019 1.106VZ | Android 8.0 December 2018 security patch, adds Android Enterprise Recommended functions, fixes issues with issues with originating a conference call, calling a number with over 31 digits, and providing notification when a call is placed out of their service area, the occasional crashing of the camera app, and enhances the touch panel control in a high electronic noise environment

Kyocera DuraForce Pro 2 Android 9 Pie update

  • Eligible for Android Pie
  • The update may arrive in Q3 2019

It took Kyocera a year since the launch of the DuraForce Pro to avail an update from Marshmallow to Nougat. While this fact does confirm that buyers of the DuraForce Pro 2 will get an update to Android 9 Pie at some point, we would like to believe the wait will be shorter this time around. That said, we look forward to Pie update in Q3 2019, but of course, this is just a hunch that may or may not materialize.

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