The iPhone vs Android battle may eventually have an additional wrinkle to it. According to a new report from our sister-site Variety, Google recently hired Manu Galati, a longtime Apple engineer who spent eight years working on chip development for the iPhone, the iPad, and the Apple TV. According to Galati's LinkedIn Profile, he's now Google's lead SOC architect, a title which suggests that the search giant is more interested than ever before in developing and designing its own system on a chip. Notably, word of Google's interest in designing its own chips first surfaced back in late 2015.
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