Breaking: Google to manufacture their own processor for Android devices?

Breaking: Google to manufacture their own processor for Android devices?

Here’s something we haven’t heard about. Apparently, the geniuses at Google are working on a Google-branded processor and GPU, perhaps to create some unity in Android devices. Rumor has it that this processor will be shown off in the next Nexus device. While this is sudden, it does make a lot of sense from Google’s perspective. They want to be able to truly rival other devices (like the iPhone) by creating their own line of processors, instead of having every Android device use a different brand. The term “processor fragmentation” doesn’t exactly describe it, but you get the idea.

Of course, this is all speculation until we hear from Google, who hasn’t responded to any questions. More on this as it develops.

So what do you think? Could Google really be working on their own processor and GPU? Let us know in the comments!

EDITOR NOTE:  THIS IS AN UNCONFIRMED RUMOR AND SHOULD BE HANDLED AS SUCH.  ANDROID INVASION IS NOT A SITE WE HAD ON OUR RADAR AND WE’LL ADMIT THAT THIS SEEMS A LITTLE OUT-OF-LEFT-FIELD.

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26 Comments

  1. ILoveLamp
    January 08, 19:08 Reply

    Because yet ANOTHER processor is going to help the fragmentation…. Yeesh

  2. Anonymous
    January 08, 19:33 Reply

    This doesn’t make a lot of sense.  Maybe its true maybe not, but it seems they are in the business of not pissing off hardware makers and this seems to fly in the face of that.  If and when the Motorola deal goes thru this may make a little more sense than it does now.  The next Nexus device? dont they drop a year so this Oct, Nov or Dec?   

    • Ron
      January 08, 20:49 Reply

      Motorola used to produce CPUs for Apple’s desktop computers back in the day… intriguing.

    • Guest
      January 09, 18:46 Reply

      End-users at this point don’t care what pisses of the hardware manufacturers, they pissed us off with abandoned devices. So if they lose profits, they have no one to blame but themselves.

      Drudge forward, Google!

  3. kokopelli
    January 08, 20:18 Reply

    This does not make sense as posted.  Google has shown no inclination towards developing their own hardware, much less their own processor.  It is a specialized field which takes a team of experiences peopke that Google does not have.  Or if they have them they recruited very quietly.

    I can see an optimization of an ARM CPU for dalvik bytecode (much as Apple has a custom arm) but even this would require google to be a licensee of Arm holdngs.

    I think it more likely this is a rumor that got lot in the translation.  Maybe google working with one of their partners.  Who knows though.  Weirder things have happened.

  4. Ron
    January 08, 20:48 Reply

    What would help fragmentation is if Google could say “from Android 5.0, all Android CPUs / GPUs must implement these specific instructions…”. Then manufacturers would (hopefully) only select chips that follow these guidelines, and developers can make greater assumptions about the hardware under-the-hood.

    It’s how Microsoft handles DirectX 3D. They talk to nVidia and AMD (and maybe Intel), then they go and produce a new specification for DX. The GPU manufacturers are free to throw in extra features, but they must implement at least those in the specification or their GPUs can’t be called “DX-compatible”.

    If the rumour is true, maybe this is all Google is trying to do. Pick a CPU / GPU combination for the next Nexus device, and encourage manufacturers to only build devices that have all the same instructions (at a minimum).

  5. Bob Dinitto
    January 08, 22:00 Reply

    This article makes no sense. I don’t believe one word of it.

  6. Anonymous
    January 09, 05:23 Reply

    This is not plausible, because it would require Google to make Android closed source so that it could not appear on anyone else’s SoC architecture. 

    A better way for Google to ensure that fragmentation is limited in Android would be to put their weight behind Linaro, and work with them on their efforts to minimise Linux/ARM fragmentation. That wouldn’t require the costly hassle of designing your own SoC.

    That said, Google did open source some of their V8 video codec RTL….

  7. Thijs Koot
    January 10, 15:53 Reply

    Google is not. Sure, it would be awesome if they did but it’s highly implausible. Manufacturers don’t follow Google’s guidelines very strictly, why would they buy Google’s SoC? It would only add more fragmentation, unless they stop the open source model of Android, thus forcing manufacturers to buy Google’s SoC. It’d be the end of Android. On top of that, why would they? Given the fact that they won’t force manufacturers to use their SoC, it’d have to be far superior or cheaper to attract potential buyers.
    That’s not the last point. Manufacturing your own processor is expensive and yes, Google does have the cash and guts to do so but it’s questionable.

    I’ll adjust my point a little: Google might manufactur their own SoC, but it sure as hell won’t stop fragmentation. ’nuff said.

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