Google bets on Samsung 5G modem for US market

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The technological conglomerate Google bets on Samsumg to bring up a 5G modem for its next flagship smartphone Pixel. This will be the first win for the Korean firm in a US market dominated by Qualcomm, Reuters reported. Earlier in August Google unveiled that it had designed its own processor chip to power its new Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro high profile phones, ending its complete reliance on Qualcomm, which would keep supplying chips for the cheaper Pixel 5A.

Samsung's move to provide the Pixel's modem technology is important because the Korean firm is one of only three companies in the world capable of making 5G modems that connect devices to wireless data networks. The others are Qualcomm, the market leader by a wide margin, and Taiwan's MediaTek Inc. Samsung widely uses Exynos modem technology in its own smartphones in Asia and Europe. But it has long relied on Qualcomm to provide modems for US versions.

Samsung said its new modem technology was capable of millimeter wave networking, and Google said its new phones will support millimeter wave networks as previous versions did, though neither company would comment directly on whether they are working together on the new Pixel.

 

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