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Isaac Cain
October 19, 2018

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. 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.

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.

People in the Googleplex need to talk to each other more: the Chocolate Factory has launched a third product with "Titan" in its name, and it's only related to one of the other two bits of kit.

The chip, which uses an Arm Cortex-M3 microprocessor core, also records the last known "safe Android version", and blocks attackers from trying to downgrade a device to an older and less secure version.

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Titan M also limits the amount of logon attempts with your passcode, helping to prevent malicious decryption. Only once a passcode is verified, will it permit decryption. This is in addition to Google's own Pay service.

Interestingly, the new Pixels both score lower than last year's models in our test, but what's even more interesting is that the larger 3 XL model has a lower score than the Google Pixel 3. It will work with apps that support e-voting and things like P2P money transfers to authenticate transactions. This is unusual because the larger Pixel has a bigger battery, but what comes into play here also is the higher resolution and bigger power draw from the larger screen that obviously takes more power.

"The firmware on Titan M will never be updated unless you have entered your passcode, meaning bad actors can not bypass your lock screen to update the firmware to a malicious version", Google adds. What are your thoughts on Google's proactive approach to security?

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