Google is gearing up to manufacture its top-tier Pixel 8 phones in India by 2024. But the real story here? The heart of these devices, the Tensor chip, is an Indian brainchild, designed right here for the global stage.
What Happened? During a recent earnings call, Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai, couldn’t help but gush about the Pixel lineup, attributing its success to foundational tech like AI, Android, and notably, the Google Tensor. The recent launches of the Pixel 8, Pixel 8 Pro, and Pixel Watch 2 received rave reviews, further solidifying Google’s position in the market.
Experts are buzzing about the implications of Google’s decision to produce the Pixel 8 in India. It’s not just a win for Google but a significant boost for India’s aspirations to be a global mobile manufacturing powerhouse. And it’s not just about assembly; key components of the Pixel 8, including the celebrated Tensor chip, have their roots in Indian design.
What’s Tensor? Introduced in 2021 with the Pixel 6, the Tensor chip is Google’s brainchild, a ‘system-on-chip’ processor that took half a decade to perfect. Unlike other manufacturers who rely on off-the-shelf processors, Google took the road less travelled, designing a chip tailored to enhance machine-learning capabilities. The result? Pixel phones can translate languages in real-time, capture sharper images, and even adjust the camera focus in a split second.
But the bigger picture here is India’s emerging role in chip fabrication. Tech giants like Google are investing in local manufacturing, positioning India to become a semiconductor hub.This move could be a game-changer, not just for India’s tech landscape but also for Google’s bottom line.
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