The phone's only been on shelves for literally days but Google has already released a firmware update and now a security patch for the G1 smartphone.

According to a report by CNET, the patch is for an issue with the on-board web browser which first came to light on 20 October.

Adds Bit Tech, "the flaw has already been fixed in the code for the open-source packages on which Android is based", but Google had, for some reason, shipped out-of-date code with the mobile handset.

What this does mean for Android phone owners is that the flaw will be fixed quickly.

In fact, they can install the security package over the air, which is claimed to take just a few minutes, and doesn't involve linking your mobile up to a computer and faffing with specialist software.