Google would have ordered Samsung to design and manufacture a chip designed for the world of wearables, according to reports ETNews: The South Korean financial newspaper says the chip would be able to track the user's body movement, but unfortunately it doesn't go into much detail.
Already so, however, the news is interesting for a number of reasons. First: although it's not new that Google uses custom chips – let's think about the entire Soli project for touchless gestures, or the Pixel Visual Core for image processing, or the Titan M for security – it is singular that this does not if it was designed independently, resorting instead to a company that, we could argue, is one of the protagonists of the wearable sector and therefore a very direct competitor.
Google hasn't had much luck so far in the field of wearables. Its platform for smartwatches and smart bands, Wear OS, has a substantially marginal impact and has not yet presented a proprietary device, although according to rumors it has gone at least a little close a few times. But it is clear that he still believes in it: the company is trying to buy Fitbit, even if the EU seems to want to see it clearly.
Finally, it is worth mentioning that the original article actually says that Google has ordered Samsung to produce "more than one" chip. Previous rumors wanted the web giant to work on its own SoC for mobile devices, codenamed Whitechapel, but there are no concrete references.