Google’s hardware game has been pretty rocky for phones and Chromebooks. Early release of the Nexus line, Pixel line and Chromebooks were always considered developmental products, with hardware that is lacking as compared to other flagships devices. Recently, Google has major improvement in the smart-home sectors but the company Pixel line has struggled to meet the expectations put by users worldwide. Click "Read More" to learn more.
Google’s latest Chromebook models have been a hit and miss so far. The Pixelbook was the posterboy for Chromebook but was met with a critical eye due to its hefty price tag. Regardless, the Pixelbook remains one of the best Chromebooks ever designed and despite its rocky start, it remains a very popular among fans. Then, there’s the Pixel Slate. Google’s attempt with a Chrome OS tablet was a great failure if you look at it from a sales perspective. The Pixel Slate is a nicely and perfectly built piece of hardware but alas, Chrome OS was still new to the OS development as compared to Android and iOS that was running on other tablets. The price wasn't helpful at all too as it was priced out of most consumer's reach.
The follow-up Pixelbook Go brought new life into Google’s Chrome OS game. The traditional clamshell is near-perfect in every way and for those not wanting a 2-in-1, it is hands-down the best of what’s around. So, what’s next for Google on the future of hardware?
According to the site Axios, Google could be powering its phones and laptops with an “in-house” chipset co-manufactured with Samsung. The details are little for now and the source is unclear but Axios states that the new chip, codenamed “Whitechapel,” is co-engineered with Samsung using the companies 5nm process. The processor will be an 8-core ARM-base chip and will be optimized to utilize Google’s improving AI and Assistant technologies.
According to rumours, the Whitechapel chip could be on par with Apple’s upcoming A14 processor that features similar technologies. This processor will put Google on par with Apple processor and future processor from Qualcomm, Samsung and etc. This will also put a strain on processors from AMD and Intel as Google will likely use their own chip to power future Pixelbook, or even Pixel tablet if Google likes to go back to the tablet sector.
This news is exciting but not that surprising considering the fact that Google has been rumored to be working on its own in-house SoCs for more than a year. As Axios points out, Whitechapel is still in the early stages of pre-production so I wouldn’t expect to see anything about it any time this year. The release date should like be in 2021, probably mid to late of next year. Alas, all this are rumours but somethings for us geeks to look forward.
A future of synergy between hardware (processor chip) with software (AI powered by Google) that will bring us better computing power at greater efficiency.