14 September 2021
Google’s decision of going for its in-house developed chip for its smartphones seems to have clearly hurt Qualcomm as the latter’s publicly traded stocks took a hit just after the former’s announcement. The drop wasn't big but the reason behind this immediate dip was certainly clear.
Qualcomm, though was quick to respond to the situation, issuing a statement to CNBC,
Qualcomm will continue to work closely with Google on existing and future products based on Snapdragon platforms.
Qualcomm didn’t dive into the details but we assume it’s likely pointing at devices like Pixel 5a among other future devices which the two companies have already planned to bring. Referring to last year’s announcement where Google and Qualcomm announced their collaboration for faster Android updates, it is believed that they have a lot more to accomplish together. The agreement between the two is still alive and kicking, even if Google has sort of parted ways in terms of SoC from Qualcomm.
As the details on Google’s first-ever custom-built SoC are pretty scant so it remains unclear at this point if the Pixel A-series will adopt the Tensor or stick with Qualcomm’s chipsets. As per the recent leaks and reports, this year’s Pixel A-series model will continue to use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor. It is believed the phone is using the same Snapdragon 765G processor that is found in the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5.
The Pixel 5a is tipped to arrive in August this year, ahead of the new Pixel 6 series. Google confirmed the existence of Pixel 5a back in April by denying the rumors that stated no Pixel 5a was coming. Later, in the same month, it accidentally served us the camera specifications as well, making the confirmation further concrete.