Essential Phone receives January security patch which includes fixes for Meltdown and Spectre flaws

Essential Phone receives January security patch which includes fixes for Meltdown and Spectre flaws
When you're packing stock Android, like the Essential Phone is, updates are sent fairly quickly. For example, the handset has just started to receive the January Android security patch today, not long after it was released by Google. And as we told you the other day, the January patch includes protection against the two new security issues that both iOS and Android flavored devices are receiving protection from. Those two are called Meltdown and Spectre.

When you receive the notification that the update has arrived, make sure you connect to a Wi-Fi signal before starting the process of updating the phone. At the same time, you should have the battery inside the unit charged up to 100%.

The new update is build NMJ88C, and now that it is rolling out to the Essential Phone, that is one less target for the Meltdown and Spectre flaws.

source: @essential

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  • Display 5.7" 1312 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3040 mAh



1. vincelongman

Posts: 5728; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Meltdown too? ARM claims the A73 cores aren't affected by Meltdown Perhaps a mistake from Essential's Twitter team? Unless if Qualcomm's customizations included changing the way the A73 handles speculative execution (unlikely IMO since the 845's A73s still perform very similarly to the A73's in the 960)

2. vincelongman

Posts: 5728; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Oh on second thought maybe the Meltdown fixes are included in January security patch for future phones with the A75 which will be affected by Meltdown (and potentially Qualcomm or Samsung custom cores)

3. PhoenixFirebird

Posts: 125; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

I’d like to know if this update will slow down performance. Some say it may slow down.

11. bucky

Posts: 3791; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Apparently we won’t notice anything on mobile or personal computing. I guess we will see.

4. palmguy

Posts: 983; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Hopefully this company is more ethical than the other multi billion dollar company and won't slow a device down and blame it on the batteries. But very quick of them for a security update. The benefits of having only one device in it's portfolio to service.

5. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Very smart comment.....keep it up.

7. dimas

Posts: 3382; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

$400 price tag, that's all I'm asking Essential for your phone aside from your essential phone 2 announcement (if you just plan to make another).

8. abdullaaryan

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I have a pixel 2 xl and haven't received the January update just yet.

9. Anonymous.

Posts: 423; Member since: Jun 15, 2016

That's a noble and swift update by Essential. The perk of running stock Android!

13. jonathanfiuwx

Posts: 182; Member since: Mar 10, 2017

That and the co founder of android

12. mikehunta727 unregistered

Its gonna be years for the majority of Android user base to get this critical patch unfortunately...over billion Android users are at risk Update immediately when yall can

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