Google designs its first chip in-house

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Google designs its first chip in-house

Google's Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have a number of strengths to recommend them, but what makes them really unique is that they offer two versions of phone that finally, for Android, will provide everything anyone really needs in a smartphone.

Google unveiled its first internally designed chip for consumer devices on Tuesday, the latest sign of the search engine's hardware ambitions and a threat to its current semiconductor suppliers. The chip will help the phone handle images with high dynamic range, or HDR, a technology that captures more detail in mixed lighting situations, Google said in a blog post.

After some digging, the folks over at XDA have found the complete list of songs that will be pre-loaded on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL and used by the "Now Playing" service. It is a custom SoC, which has been designed by Google. 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.

All this chip work may be bad news for Qualcomm Inc., which makes the Snapdragon applications processor chips that Google uses in its Pixel phones and its earlier Nexus devices.

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. It'll also use less than one tenth of the battery power versus using the phone's main applications processor. Year-to-date, GOOGL has gained 27.77%, versus a 15.83% rise in the benchmark S&P 500 index during the same period.

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