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Google Will Use Its Own Processor In Upcoming Pixel Phones

- Updated: 3rd Aug 2021, 08:15 IST

For its Pixel phones, which will launch later this fall, Alphabet’s Google will use processors developed in-house, marking a move from Qualcomm’s technology, which has powered the search giant’s Android devices for more than 15 years.

Google claims in a blog post that the Tensor processor will power the Pixel 6 as well as the Pixel 6 Pro phones. More details will reveal closer to the launch.

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“Tensor is our first custom-built SoC specifically for Pixel phones, and it will power the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro later this fall,” says Google.

The company states, “Tensor was built for how people use their phones today and how people will use them in the future. As more and more features are powered by AI and ML it’s not simply about adding more computing resources, it’s about using that ML to unlock specific experiences for our Pixel users.”

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In afternoon trading, Qualcomm, the world’s largest maker of wireless processors for smartphones, was down slightly.

The next Pixel phone, the 5a, will still use a Qualcomm chipset, according to Google.

“We will continue to work closely with Google on existing and future products based on Snapdragon platforms,” a Qualcomm spokesperson said in a statement.

Last year, Apple Inc started using its own central processor designed for Macs; in a step away from chipmaker Intel Corp.

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