Google breaks down how Titan M makes the Pixel 3 secure

Angelica Greene
October 18, 2018

Google's Pixel 3 has a lot to brag about, but Google is now talking up the Titan M security chip embedded within the device. Titan M boasts completely independent computation alongside secured flash to further resist tampering. It does this by storing the last known safe version of Android to prevent "bad actors" from moving your device back to a previous, vulnerable version of Android.

The Titan M has been integrated into the boot process for the Pixel 3. 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.

Made of "sleek, durable polycarbonate", aka plastic, the case is essentially see-through, with a "self-healing coating" keeping things looking fresh at all times and ideal pairing with both black and black & white Pixel 2 XL variants. Additionally, Titan M will decrypt the phone only after it has successfully verified your password.

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Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL was launched at the company's annual hardware event earlier this month. It is also used to verify user lock screen passcodes and helps to limit logon attempts by random attackers. 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. In Android 9 Pie, developers can use the StrongBox KeyStore APIs to store private keys in the Titan M chip. The new Titan M is built using the same type of technology that Google uses to secure its data servers, which makes it particularly robust.

Wrapping up its details, Google also says that it created Titan M with "insider attack resistance", namely the chip's firmware can't be updated without the device's passcode.

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