Published: Thu, October 18, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

[Déjà vu] Pixel 3 and 3 XL video recordings have poor audio

[Déjà vu] Pixel 3 and 3 XL video recordings have poor audio

Titan M checks to make sure the bootloader is running the right version of Android.

Google's Pixels are known for their software quality, but they're also known for launching with random issues, like last year's Pixel 2 audio quality problems when recording video. It prevents hackers from attempting to roll back the operating system to an older, potentially vulnerable version of the OS. 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.

The Titan M chip is also used to verify your lock screen passcode with limits set on logon attempts, as well as preventing access to the secured encrypted flash storage on your phone, with decryption of your data only allowed after the chip successfully verifies your passcode. What's more, as a CNET report notes, the Titan M chip is a dedicated chip of Google's own making - not part of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, which already boasts an assortment of security features. Additionally, Google designed Titan M never to update its firmware without your passcode. 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.

Google released the first factory images and OTA files for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. It will work with apps that support e-voting and things like P2P money transfers to authenticate transactions.

Now that the Pixel 3 XL is out in the open, it was just a matter of time until someone disassembled it.

"Here are a few ways Titan M protects your phone", Xin explains in the post.

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