At their event last week, Google made a fair to-do about their new Titan security chip, outlining some of the features on-stage in NY. In our analysis of the Made by Google event, we highlighted this as one of the areas that Google is starting to make real inroads. This enterprise-grade security chip is a mobile version of the Titan security chip that is used in Google's data centers, and focuses on mobile security for smartphones.
Titan M checks to make sure the bootloader is running the right version of Android. This prevents malicious software from moving your device back to older, more vulnerable versions during booting. It verifies your lock screen passcode and limits login attempts so that attackers can't brute force access. Thanks to new Android 9 APIs, apps can now take advantage of hardware security modules to generate and store their private security keys. Additionally, Google designed Titan M never to update its firmware without your passcode.
Google is really pushing security with its new Pixel devices. It will work with apps that support e-voting and things like P2P money transfers to authenticate transactions. This comes alongside the fact that the company ditched LG and favour Samsung for offering a larger, 6.3-inch QHD+ (1440x2960 pixels) flexible OLED display on the Pixel 3 XL. Titan M will also prevent bad actors from attempting to unlock the bootloader.
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Although Google has unveiled its mostly unsurprising Pixel 3 range, the pair has yet to fall into the hands of customers who've pre-ordered.