Google designs its first chip in-house

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The search engine giant, amid its push into consumer devices, just unveiled its first ever in-house designed chip for consumer devices.

You would think that as a Google phone that runs pure Android that there wouldn't be that much to show off. But in reality, Google is customizing the hell out of Android at this point and it shows with the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Google has crafted processors for its data centers, but this is the first time the company has tried it for its nascent consumer hardware. If the company wants to catch smartphone leaders like Apple, it has to do more to marry the hardware and software features of these devices. Once enabled, Pixel Visual Core will allow the phone's camera to process HDR images five times faster than before.

That means the Developer preview for Android 8.1 Oreo (MR1) will be available for the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL in the Coming weeks.

This news can't be good for Qualcomm, which makes the Snapdragon applications processors that Google uses in its Pixel phones.

Indeed, Google included a picture of its new chip's layout showing it contains many of the constituents of a full-blown modern applications processor. Google is doing a lot to stock Android these days, and so far, we're liking the approach.

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