Alphabet Inc.'s Google has for some time been showing its interest in the hardware segment. So far, the company has come up with the Nexus Q, moving to the Chromebook Pixel, and then Chromecast. Recently, it unveiled the Pixel C tablet at the launch of the new Nexus smartphones - the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P. Now, if a report is to be believed, the tech giant is planning to explore chipset segment for Android devices. This move could be its take on Apple which also makes chipsets for its iOS devices.
The Information has reported that Google had talks about designing its own chipset, which might go in to works this fall. The company is panning towards getting in to chipset because it wants to build an "enterprise connectivity device" for better usage and connectivity.
While it is still not clear what exactly this device will come out to be, but if we go by the report, Google might launch this as an enterprise version of the OnHub router. There also is a possibility for Google to come up with a new product related to the Pixel C.
As per the report, Google ideas extend on to designing chipsets for Android smartphone in order to better integrate Android's software features with hardware.
The plan will take shape as and when Google will find a manufacturing partner, and be able to convince hardware OEMs like Samsung to use the Google powered chipset. It is only if smartphone manufacturers will be willing to use Google's design for chipset that the project will make sense for the company, otherwise, it won't solve Google's purpose of designing chipset for Android.
Who knows, Google might instead announce this project as an open designs of chipsets, which could be used by Samsung and Qualcomm for their own chips.