Update Android and Google Chrome for Meltdown and Spectre

By | January 5, 2018

Google will release a new security update on January 5 that will help protect your Android Phone against Meltdown and Spectre.

If you have a Google branded phone, such as the Nexus 5X or the Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL, then you will get  the update promptly, and on Google newer devices the update should download and install automatically. Android phones from other manufacturers may take longer to get the update.

Chrome Browser

Google Chrome also include mitigations to protect your desktop and phone from web-based attacks. But if you don’t want to wait, Google says an experimental feature called Site Isolation can help right away.

To turn on Site Isolation on Windows, Mac, Linux, Chrome OS or Android:


Check & update your Android version

You can see your device’s Android version number and security update level in your Settings app. You’ll get notifications when updates are available for you.

See which Android version you have

  1. Open your device’s Settings app
  2. Near the bottom, tap System and then About phone or About tablet.
  3. Scroll down to “Android version” and “Android security patch level.”

Get the latest Android updates

When you get an update notification, open it and tap the update action
If you cleared your notification or your device has been offline:
– Open your device’s Settings app
– Near the bottom, choose System then System update
– You will see your update status

More Information on Android Security Bulletin—January 2018

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