Qualcomm’s hold on the US smartphone market could be waning. Google has reportedly opted to use a 5G modem from Samsung in the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro that will debut this fall, and if that’s true, it would be the first time the company has not turned to Qualcomm. turns to his modems.
Reuters notes that even Samsung uses Qualcomm modems in the U.S. versions of its products, and it doesn’t license its 5G modems to other U.S. smartphone makers, meaning Google’s use of the hardware in the Pixel 6 lineup will affect more than one way is unprecedented. .
This shift was made possible by Google’s decision to design its own chip for the Pixel 6. The new chip, Tensor, is specifically designed to improve the performance of AI-related tasks. But ditching Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors also seems to have given Google more freedom.
The news follows an April 9to5Google report that said Google planned to use a Samsung modem. Nikkei also said on August 3 that Samsung would start producing Tensor, so the move makes sense.
Google, Samsung and Qualcomm all seem to be reluctant to make these changes. Google and Samsung only said that both products support millimeter wave technology, according to Reuters, and Qualcomm said, “A modem is not enough to support millimeter wave in phones.”
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That could mean Google still needs to use Qualcomm hardware to enable the latest and greatest in 5G for the Pixel 6 lineup, despite using a Samsung modem.
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