According to 9to5Google, Google will be making the transition from using Snapdragon chipset on its Pixel smartphones to its newly made “GS101” Whitechapel chip beginning this fall.
The rumour first surfaced in 2020. Report says Google was working on its own Chipset in collaboration with Samsung whose Exynos chipset powers its Android smartphones. Google is aiming to have its Whitechapel SoC (systems on a chip) power its Pixel smartphones and Chromebooks the way Apple powers its iPhones and MacBooks with its in-house chipset.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai did promise a “terrific roadmap ahead” in 2021 and spoke about having “some deeper investments in hardware” in an earnings call last fall. 9to5Google obtained a documentation which shows Google would start producing devices powered by the Whitechapel chip starting this fall.
The documentation revealed Whitechapel was used in connection with the codename “Slider” — a reference also found in the Google Camera app. It is believed that Slider is a shared platform for the first Whitechapel SoC. Internally, Google refers to this chip as “GS101,” with “GS” possibly being a short form for “Google Silicon.”
Other projects connected to “Slider,” reveals the codename is also directly connected to Samsung, including references to Samsung Exynos. The references revealed the Whitechapel is being developed with Samsung Semiconductor’s system large-scale integration (SLSI) division, which means there is a possibility Google’s own chips may share similarities with the Samsung Exynos in terms of software components.
In a leak last year, 9to5Google believes “Raven” and “Oriole” are codenames for upcoming Google phones set for a release this fall. The phones are set to be the first to be built on the “Slider” platform.
Putting everything together, Google’s upcoming Pixel smartphones this fall will not be powered by a Qualcomm chipset. It is expected Google will use its own newly made Whitechapel chip.