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Google wants to dump Qualcomm

April 14, 2020.

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Have you noticed that most Android phones are pretty much functionally identical? That’s because they all rely on the same processors, built by Qualcomm. With a shared processor, phone builders have a hard time differentiating their offer with new features. Apple, on the other hand, designs its own processors in-house. Back in 2010, the iPhone 4 was the first phone to run on a proprietary SoC. Now, Ina Fried, the well-known tech reporter, has revealed that Google is actively working on developing a processor for its Pixel phones and Chromebook laptops. According to Fried, Google has worked with Samsung to develop an initial 5-nm, eight-core ARM SoC, codenamed Whitechapel. Google has already received the first working versions of the chip, and could equip its Pixel phones with them as soon as next year.

Ars Technica, Ron Amadeo, “Google wants to dump Qualcomm, launch smartphone SoC as early as next year.”

Axios, Ina Fried, “Scoop: Google readies its own chip for future Pixels, Chromebooks.”