In this week’s top stories: Sony is kicking off the year with revamps to its low and mid-range Xperia lineups, Google is testing another search bar redesign for Google Feed, and we show you how to find out if your phone is getting an update against new CPU vulnerabilities. We kick things off this week with revamps to Sony’s low and mid-range Xperia lineups. At CES 2018, the company launched the Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra, and L2 that all share the same general metallic design and wide-angle selfie camera.

Also, it appears that Google is A/B testing another search bar design for Google Feed on the Pixel Launcher. This new design very notably drops the search bar. And we show you how to check if your phone will be updated to protect against the CPU vulnerabilities Meltdown and Spectre.

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