(-) – Proof has surfaced to counsel that the subsequent Google flagship – the Pixel 6 – will function Google’s first custom-made home-grown processor.
Codenamed ‘Whitechapel’ – and in addition known as GS101 – this processor would see Google take a leaf from Apple, Samsung and Huawei’s guide, constructing telephones that run on a chipset not designed and manufactured by Qualcomm.
The proof appeared within the type of a URL to a webpage reserved for Android engineers and particularly mentions each the GS101 mannequin quantity and ‘Whitechapel’ codename.
In accordance with XDA Builders – the location which found and first reported this – the URL was shared to the AOSP (Android Open Supply Mission) with a workforce of Google engineers making an attempt to replace the app accountable for Soli radar gestures on the Pixel 4.
Within the particular message in query, the engineer refers to a tool known as ‘P21’ which is claimed to be the Pixel 6 or one other machine slated for launch later this yr. (Not the Pixel 5a, since that is powered by a Snapdragon chip).
Specifics on the precise processor itself are unkown presently, nevertheless it’s rumoured that its design will see it tackle a ‘three cluster setup’ which features a Tensor Processoring Unit for machine studying features in addition to an built-in safety chip.
If it does finally launch, it could mark a major transfer for Google and Android typically. Snapdragon has been seen because the default chipset of selection for practically each producer, together with Google, for a few years.
With Google opting to design its personal ARM-based silicon and – presumably – optimise Android software program to benefit from that chipset’s capabilities, it could actually give a cause for consumers to go for the Pixel vary quite than third social gathering Snapdragon-based telephones.
That’s – in fact – if the expertise is considerably improved. Time will inform if this Whitechapel effort takes off.
Writing by Cam Bunton.