It may be too late for this year's Pixel lineup, but it's entirely possible that Google will have something special in 2018.
While with Apple, Gulati was reportedly "instrumental" in designing the various chips used in iPhones, iPads and Apple TVs. Using custom-designed chips for its limited portfolio of devices meant that Apple could work very closely throughout the R&D process, allowing the company to optimize the processor for performance and energy consumption within the limited parameters of existing iOS devices. Building its own chips would give Google tighter control over its hardware. Gulati has a long work history in processors, having previously been employed by AMD and Broadcom before spending eight years with Apple. The Pixel devices may not be the best performing devices in the Android world in every metric, but they stood their ground against the competition of their time.
Google's move into their own "made by Google" line of hardware is gathering steam with a new hire being reported by Variety. Other firms, such as Huawei and Samsung, have also started to build chips in-house, allowing them to rely less on potential supply restraints from outside parties.
"The Cupertino-based computer maker filed a total of 15 chip-related patents that credit Gulati as one of the inventors".
"Hiring Gulati could now help Google to get an edge over other companies", according to Variety.