A new hire by Google suggest that the company may be intending to develop its own chips for future versions of its Pixel phone. The new hire is an engineer named Manu Gulati who worked at Apple and reportedly built custom chips for the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV, according to a report in Variety.
Google declined to comment, but Gulati listed his role on LinkedIn as Lead SOC (system on a chip) Architect. Google also has several other SOC job postings on its careers website.
Building its own chips would give Google tighter control over its hardware. It would also be able to better optimise its processors to save energy. The current version of the Pixel phone uses a processor made by Qualcomm.