The American giant Qualcomm is pulling on Twitter from Google, which will present the Pixel 6 series based on the Tensor chipset next Monday. He used red flags, which are a symbol that something is not quite right. However, it turns out that Qualcomm is ending support for its chipsets very soon, so potential users of the new Pixels can look forward to several years of software updates. So something that would probably not be possible with the Snapdragon chipset …
“We’ve decided to make our own smartphone SoC instead of using Snapdragon” 🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩
— Snapdragon (@Snapdragon) October 13, 2021
We can show the benefits of our own chipset with the six-year-old “fair” smartphone Fairphone 2. It came to the market with Android 5 and was updated to Android 9 in May. You may think that there is nothing to brag about (Android 9 is on the market for three years), but the phone built on the Snapdragon 801 chipset already had a problem when updating to Android 7. Qualcomm stopped providing support for the chipset, so the developers behind Fairphon had to use the open source Lineage OS system to give users a chance to offer a new version of the system. .
And these are long-term system updates that force the manufacturer to think twice about the chipset used. Qualcomm does not “enjoy” the extended support of its chipsets, and in a world where manufacturers are beginning to extend the software support of their smartphones, it can very easily lose its supposed number one position. Samsung has been offering three years of software updates since last year, and Xiaomi is adding four years of security patches to three years. The Nokia brand also promises for selected models for three years. And more will be added soon …
Fairphone 2 received Android 9 even without Qualcomm support:
However, in addition to these bold claims, the manufacturers must also have the support of the chipset, and in this respect, Google will become independent. According to leaked information, it is clear that Pixels 6 will receive security for five years from its launch in the US market.
We don’t know yet how long Google plans to provide a new version of Android for phones, but we’re betting on at least three major Android updates (as before), rather a year more. Qualcomm previously only supported chipsets for two years, which it extended for another year last year. However, even this is simply not enough for some manufacturers, and for this reason they have to look for alternatives. The Tensor chipset itself looks like an ideal solution for Google, so in the case of future software updates it will not depend on an external company.