In 2020, Google disappointed some of its fans. While some expected the Pixel 5 to be a high-end model that could compete with devices like the iPhone 12 or the Galaxy S20, Google released a smartphone with a mid-range chip, the Snapdragon. 765G.
But this year Mountain View could catch up with the Pixel 6. As of now, Google has not yet mentioned this model, which is due to be released in the second half of 2021. However, there are already many rumors circulating on the matter. One of those rumors is that instead of a Qualcomm chip, Google could equip the Pixel 6 with a chip it designed, which could be developed in collaboration with Samsung.
At the moment, of course, this is information that needs to be viewed with caution. However, by using its own chips on Pixel smartphones, Google would reduce its reliance on Qualcomm while improving control over its devices. Google, like Apple, could then boast of having mastered both the software and hardware parts for better optimization.
The Pixel 6 could also adopt UWB technology
In addition to using an etched 5nm chip developed by Google, the Pixel 6 could also benefit from a technology that Apple is a forerunner for: a UWB or ultra-broadband chip. As a reminder: Compared to Bluetooth, UWB technology enables better localization between electronic devices.
On the iPhone, this technology improves the user experience when sharing files through AirDrop. On the other hand, iPhone users can also use UWB to determine the position of an AirTag tag.
Currently, this technology has also been adopted by some manufacturers, including Samsung. Google is also working on supporting UWB technology for Pixel 6 (or at least one of its versions), according to the 9to5Google website, which shares a source on Twitter. As part of this work, Google would use material provided by the Qorvo company.
It is currently unknown how Google will use this technology. In addition to file transfers and object storage location, UWB technology could also have benefits for the company’s connected objects ecosystem. For example, the UWB could simplify the control of Nest devices with Google Pixel smartphones. However, for this to be possible, both devices must support this new technology.
In any case, after a disappointing 2020, Google could put the 2021 package on its high-end products. What’s more, rumor has it that Google could also launch its first foldable smartphone with foldable screens from Samsung this year. The company would then join the ranks of Samsung, Xiaomi, Huawei, or even Motorola in the foldable smartphone market.
Finally, we would like to remind you that the Google I / O conference will take place in May this year. In particular, Google is expected to showcase new connected objects as well as new Android features. However, it is entirely possible that the company will leave references to the devices that will hit the market in the second half of the year.