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Google confirms Google Silicon GS101 custom SoC months ahead of Pixel 6 series launch

Google is rumoured to have partnered with Samsung for its GS101 chip. (Image source: George Dumitrache)
Google is rumoured to have partnered with Samsung for its GS101 chip. (Image source: George Dumitrache)
Google has inadvertently confirmed the existence of the first 'Google Silicon' chip, the GS101. Codenamed 'Whitechapel', the GS101 will debut in the 'P21', a possible collective term for the Pixel 6 series.
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Rumours about Google developing custom silicon codenamed 'Whitechapel' have been rumbling along for a while now. As we discussed last year, Google is believed to have partnered with Samsung in developing 'Whitechapel', which may share several similarities with the Exynos 2100, a 5 nm SoC found in the Galaxy S21 series.

Google has not acknowledged Whitechapel's existence, nor its rumoured GS101 model number. However, a code change submitted to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) corroborates previous leaks about custom Google Silicon. As the screenshot below shows, Google has a '/android/device/google/gs101-sepolicy/whitechapel' branch within its source code. The URL is inaccessible for those without a Moma Single Sign On (SSO), Google's intranet, but we have included it below for posterity.

Ultimately, the URL tells us nothing about 'Whitechapel' or GS101. The comment confirms that 'Whitechapel' is part of P21 though, which XDA Developers takes to mean Pixel 21, possibly an internal name for the Pixel 6 and other devices that the company plans to release this year. Google is expected to release its next flagship smartphone in the fall alongside Android 12. In the meantime, the company will release the Pixel Buds A and the Pixel 5a.

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Alex Alderson, 2021-05- 6 (Update: 2021-05- 7)