I am considering getting a Pixel 4 from Murena. There are a couple things I don’t understand. One is wrt to security vulnerabilities. There’s a really bad one for all Pixel phones right now (for example) involving the Exynos (sp?) chip itself and they all need to be patched. Does Google contact the phone and patch it if I buy from Murena or does Murena or do I miss out on the patch all together ? Does anyone know?
The second question I have is , the Pixels are created to Google’s specification. How do we know that Google hasn’t included some firmware or hardware in every phone with hard-coded instructions to divulge stuff like the GPS coordinates and IMEI number to Google? Do we know that they don’t for sure and if so how ? To me, that’s exactly the type of thing Google would do and I don’t see anything technical stopping them. I realize this may be perhaps paranoid in some people’s view but it seems plausible to me. Does anyone have an educated opinion or guess here?