Google may be considering a move close to Apple, its fiercest rival. According to a new report from 9to5Google, the Mountain View, California-based company will launch a custom smartphone chip this fall, probably with the Pixel 6. Google’s upcoming smartphones for this fall, likely including the Pixel 6, would be among the first to use the GS101 chip, dubbed “Whitechapel” internally. The 9to5Google article cited Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s earnings call from last fall, in which Pichai hinted at “deeper hardware investment” and a “fantastic roadmap” for 2021.
This was widely assumed to be the Google CEO’s confirmation that the company would build its own processors, dubbed “Whitechapel” within the company.
According to the 9to5Google article, Google is collaborating with Samsung on Whitechapel’s growth. Exynos chips from Samsung are also used in Android smartphones. Whitechapel was first mentioned in early 2020 as Google’s attempt to develop its own systems on a chip (SoC) for use in Pixel smartphones and Chromebooks, similar to what Apple does with its iPhone and Mac computers.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. According to records, Google’s Whitechapel platform will be used to power this year’s Pixel smartphones. Whitechapel is mentioned in the document in relation to the codename “Slider,” which 9to5Mac picked up on. In the Google Camera app, Google discovered. Google is said to be named the chip GS101 internally, with GS possibly standing for “Google Silicon.”
According to the 9to5Google article, after looking at other projects linked to “Slider,” it was discovered that the codename is also specifically linked to Samsung, with references to Samsung Exynos. According to the references, the Whitechapel chipset is being produced in partnership with Samsung Semoconductor’s device large-scale integration (SLSI) division, which may mean that the Google chip would be similar to Samsung’s Exynos chipsets.
The first smartphones to be developed on this “Slider” platform, according to the article, will be the “Raven” and “Oriole,” two Pixel codenames that were leaked last year by the website (9to5Google).