It has not been long since Google took to the stage to announce the Pixel 6 series, featuring the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, both of which got their fair share of leaks prior to the official launch.
The devices are quite unique for the search giant, since they are the first phones to run Google’s custom Tensor SoC and, given the initial response, it seems that the company is already working on its successor.
A teardown of certain apps on the Pixel 6, courtesy of 9to5Google reveals that there are certain references to the Pixel codename ‘Cloudripper’.
The publication adds that this is not a mere mention for the Pixel 7 codename, rather it is indicative of a developer board used for the next flagships.
Is Google Really Working on a New Chip for the Pixel 7?
According to the publication, Cloudripper seems to be related to a second generation of Tensor chips, citing documents that it viewed earlier this year, with the new chip featuring the model number GS201 in contrast to the Tensor’s GS101.
This is not at all surprising to us, since Google knows that chipsets require years of work for development and, it was unlikely for Google to try out Tensor and go back to Qualcomm. This chip will most likely feature in 2022’s Pixel 7.
The specifications of this new chip are not known just yet, but if we look at the older SoCs, Google will likely upgrade the TPU and adopt Arm’s Armv9 CPUs and Mali G710 GPUs.
What Else is Google Up To?
In other Pixel news, it seems that Google has a problem on its hands, but this one is not as bad as it may sound. Google seems to be having inventory issues, since the company is offering a waitlist form on its site to inform users when the Pixel 6 Pro will be available once again.
This is an issue, don’t get me wrong, but, it also suggests that the Pixel 6 Pro is selling well, which is good news to Google’s ears. If a customer were to check the Pixel 6 Pro page on Google’s Store, there is a banner that advertises the waitlist.