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Google launches Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL in Taiwan

Google launches Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL in Taiwan Google launches Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL in Taiwan
Sherri Watson | 18 October, 2018, 23:34

It secures the bootloader and stores the last safe known version of Android.

Taiwan is among the first wave of 13 markets for the global launch of the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, Peter Prunuske, R&D vice president of Google, said at a product event held in Taipei recently. This prevents malicious software from moving your device back to older, more vulnerable versions during booting. We don't know for sure how many companies Google sourced this out to. Only once a passcode is verified, will it permit decryption.

Google introduced a tamper-resistant, dedicated hardware security module with its previous Pixel 2 smartphone, building upon that in the Pixel 3 with its Titan M. According to the company, Titan M is involved in the Verified Boot process to help secure the smartphone from external tampering.

The Titan M's "secure flash and fully independent computation" harden the phone against attackers seeking to forcibly decrypt data stored on the handheld, we're told. Additionally, Google designed Titan M never to update its firmware without your passcode.

Finally, Titan M provides security options to third-party apps as well. 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.

Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are now available for pre-order on Airtel online store with a down payment starting at Rs 17,000. Titan M will also prevent bad actors from attempting to unlock the bootloader.

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.