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The competitors don't really keep chips around for longer. Intel isn't manufacturing Skylake anymore. Nvidia isn't manufacturing Maxwell GPUs anymore. (Incidentally, Apple did appear to be using their 4-year old A8 SoC in the first HomePods, released in 2018, though.)

Hardware and software are different things. We are all sad that Google Reader doesn't exist anymore, but every silicon product has basically been a flash in the pan. They make it, you buy it, and by the time it's shipped to you, it's announced as obsolete. That's the pace of that industry. Maybe with Google's attention span, they should have been a hardware company all along. They will fit right in.

My example was inaccurate, because at least dead Replicants can be replaced with newer models, whereas dead Google products have no follow-up model and require completely replacing what you had created around that product. That's something seemingly unique to either vaporware start-ups, or Google.

At least you can still write software for those. If Google decides your particular flavor of chip is no longer supported then good luck. Besides that, good luck to acquire those chips in the first place, 'coming soon' without a stated delivery date may well translate into 'never'.

I'll stick to the usual suspects before I get roped into some cloud based development system. Why does Google need access to my IP to begin with?

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