Some Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL owners might not be aware that their handsets include something called the Pixel Visual Core. We've been covering the Android developer community's efforts to port the Google Camera to other devices, and for phones like the Essential Phone, it's improved photo quality by leaps and bounds. According to Google, the Pixel Visual Core allows users to take better photos with third party camera apps - including Instagram, Snapchat, WhatsApp, and so on. One of the major additions for the Pixel 2 is the activation of the Pixel Visual Core in third-party apps such as Instagram, Snapchat, and WhatsApp.
Users don't have to fiddle around with any complex settings to get the HDR+ results. Another update to Pixel 2 owners coming this month will also add AR sticker with a winter theme in time for the Winter Olympics.
The company will be activating the dormant Pixel Visual Core chipset in the February monthly update, which is scheduled to roll out by this weekend.
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The Pixel Visual Core is Google's very first custom-designed System on Chip (SoC) that's dedicated to handling image processing when taking photos with the Pixel 2 smartphones. Pixel Visual Core is nothing but a feature to enhance the photography experience. That means users will be able to use that additional computing power to improve the quality of pictures by running the HDR+ algorithm. The HDR+ technology is what ensures such high quality pictures on Pixel 2, even in low light conditions or pictures where the lighting is too bright. (R) Image With HDR+ and Pixel Visual Core.
Another cited benefit is zero shutter lag between pressing the shutter and capturing the picture. Zoomed-in photos should also look sharper and more detailed. This is because of the Google's Pixel Visual Core co-processor designed in partnership with Intel. "Like all AR stickers, these characters interact with both the camera and each other, creating a fun-filled way to enhance the moments you capture and share", said Ofer Shacham, Engineering Manager for Pixel Visual Core.