Google breaks down how Titan M makes the Pixel 3 secure

Ruben Fields
October 18, 2018

The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are unlocked regardless of where you buy them from, but the Verizon version comes with a locked bootloader. It prevents hackers from attempting to roll back the operating system to an older, potentially vulnerable version of the OS.

The Titan M is also used by the Pixel 3 to verify your lock screen passcode and limit the amount of log-in attempts.

Because it was obviously too early to altogether pull the plug on Pixel 2 and 2 XL sales on the heels of the Pixel 3 announcement a couple of weeks back, Google chose to mark down the larger, more bug-plagued version of the two 2017 stock Android handsets.

"Here are a few ways Titan M protects your phone", Xin explains in the post. The 64GB and 128GB version of Google Pixel 3 XL can be owned at a down payment of Rs 20,000 and Rs 29,000 respectively. For apps that rely on user interaction to confirm a transaction, meanwhile, Titan M enables Android 9 Protected Confirmation - the first device, according to Google, to ship with this protection.

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The Hubble Space Telescope , meanwhile, went into safe mode on October 5 after one of the three gyroscopes now in use failed. After the issue is resolved, Chandra's mission is expected to continue "for many years to come", the space agency said.

As mentioned in the presentation, iFixit identified the Pixel Visual Core to be the same as the one found in its predecessors, while Google has bolstered safety with its Titan M Security chip.

Additionally, Google says that it will make its open-source Titan firmware available for the security community to audit in the coming months.

The telco has announced that both the Pixel smartphones - Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL have arrived on the Airtel online store.

Google says that the chip itself is secure from external interference as well, with the chip only able to receive firmware updates once you've successfully entered your passcode (fingerprint scan etc.).

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