With the Pixel 6 on the way, there’s a lot of excitement about the capabilities of the new Google Tensor chip. Qualcomm isn’t so thrilled, though, as it means Google is more or less abandoning the chipmaker to make its own SoC.
The company took to Twitter to participate in the red flag meme. If you’re not aware, the meme simply points to scenarios that are seen as red flags followed by a series of red flag emojis. In this case, the red flag is the Google Tensor chip.
“We decided to make our own smartphone SoC instead of using Snapdragon”
— Snapdragon (@Snapdragon) October 13, 2021
While Qualcomm doesn’t directly mention Google, it’s clearly targeting the search giant. Even Samsung, which builds its own internal Exynos chip for international models, uses Qualcomm in its best Android phones for specific regions.
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As an Android Central employee points out, it’s funny how Qualcomm is casting shadow on Google, even though the Pixel 6 is rumored to receive four years of OS upgrades and five years of security patches. Meanwhile, even the best Qualcomm phones have received updates and patches at most for a few years.
Of course, we’ll have to wait for the full Pixel 6 announcement, but it’s starting to look like leaving Qualcomm might have been the best decision for Google to take full advantage of its hardware and software chops.
That said, Google isn’t completely abandoning Qualcomm as the two companies will continue to work together to support Android. However, after powering every Pixel smartphone to date, it’s no surprise that Qualcomm would take a moment to cast a little shadow on the upcoming Pixel 6.
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