The Whitechapel chip, which is planned to be used in Pixel 6 series smartphones, can pave the way for Google to provide operating system support for a longer period of time.
The technology giant Google, which is the master of the Android operating system, seems to be moving away from Qualcomm with its new chip in the Whitechapel code. According to reports shared a year ago, it was already known that the Pixel 6 series phones will use Google’s proprietary chip instead of the Qualcomm chip. But the new data shared by 9to5google confirms this project one hundred percent. Google apparently rolled up its sleeves to declare its independence on the hardware side.
In the report published by Axios in April 2020, it was announced that Google developed its own chip, code-named Whitechapel. Later, while there was silence about the project, various sources cited this report again and confirmed what was mentioned and shared new information. This chip, known as GS101 in Google, will take place in Pixel 6 smartphones. The word GS is thought to be an abbreviation for Google Silicon. In addition, according to some documents reached, Samsung will produce the chip named Whitechapel in 5nm semiconductor factories. Naturally, it is estimated that Whitechapel will have a similar structure to Exynos processors.
XDA Developers, a large Android developer community, also made a statement on the subject, saying the report is most likely correct. In addition, Google CEO Sundar Pichai stated in a speech he gave last year that much deeper investments will be made in the hardware side. Google management also signaled that Pixel 6 devices will be phones with powerful hardware. Pixel 6 is among the predictions that it will hit the shelves in the 4th quarter of 2021. More detailed information will emerge in the future as Google Pixel phones are often leaked heavily before launch. So, what will this great innovation in hardware bring to Google and users?
Expectations from Google’s Chip
As expected, when the Whitechapel chip is officially announced, the first hardware to be compared will be Apple’s M1 processor. It is clear that these comparisons will bring some exaggerated headlines with them. However, when we approach the subject from a more objective perspective, Apple is a $ 2 trillion hardware company, while Google is a large advertising and software company that has started working on new hardware projects. Whitechapel will give Google more control over the smartphone hardware, but it is an undeniable fact that it will not take the world by storm the first time. Because Google tried to develop its own chip on some Pixel models some time ago.
The Pixel Visual Core in the Pixel 2 and 3 was a special camera chip produced with the help of Intel. The Visual Core has provided a great benefit in HDR + processing, but the Pixel Visual Core was not used again, as Google managed to achieve the same image quality on the Pixel 3a, which did not have this hardware.
Google has produced a chip called Project Soli that enables motion detection in Pixel 4. This hardware, which was initially introduced as “even the millimetric movements of the fingers”, was put on the shelf as it could not provide the desired feature in the next process.
The company’s Titan M Security Chip works to ensure security on some Pixel phones. Google says this makes Pixel phones more secure. There are similar security chips in Qualcomm chips, but the name of the Titan M Security Chip was not heard much in the mobile hardware industry, as the company did not disclose the difference between the two.
The benefit of Whitechapel for users will be long-term operating system support. When a chip gets support directly from its manufacturer, Android updates reach the consumer much more smoothly, smoothly and for a long time. If we take this over the example of Google; Most Pixel phones have a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip, and the maximum support Qualcomm supports for a chip is limited to three years. At this point, Google is having a hard time delivering an Android update to the chip whose support is out of date. The biggest advantage Whitechapel will offer to Google is the freedom to determine the chip support time. Thanks to Whitechapel, there will be no obstacles for Google to switch to a 5-year update policy like Apple.
Competition is Tough on the Mobile Hardware Side
Today, many smartphone manufacturers have come a long way in developing their own chip. Samsung has the Exynos chip. Huawei has HiSilicon chips. Xiaomi had the Surge S1 chip that it was working on in 2017, and the Surge C1 camera chip in the Xiaomi Mi Mix Fold was recently announced. In addition, Xiaomi is currently continuing to invest in the mobile chip side. Oppo, on the other hand, come with hardware in its departments