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Pixel Visual Core enabled for third-party apps in Pixel 2 February update
- Google’s very first in-house chipset, Pixel Visual Core, is finally enabled with the February 2018 Android security patch.
- Pixel Visual Core is designed to compile HDR+ images five times faster than an application processor.
- The company is bringing more AR Stickers to Pixel devices this week, too.
Following the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL announcement in October, Google also revealed that both smartphones featured a dormant chipset called Pixel Visual Core. The company enabled it for developers in late November, but everyone else was left waiting to take advantage of the chip’s image-enhancing abilities.
Now, Google is enabling Pixel Visual Core for all Pixel 2 devices in the February 2018 Android security patch.
As noted in our detailed overview, Pixel Visual Core is Google’s very first in-house chipset, designed to compile HDR+ images five times faster than an application processor. It can also handle more complex imaging and machine learning tasks related to the camera. It’s built to do the heavy-lifting image processing while using less power, which will in turn save battery. This means the phone can use the additional computing power to improve images by running Google’s HDR+ algorithm.
What does that mean to the end user? Your Pixel 2 photos will be brighter, clearer, and more detailed. Check out some samples below:
That’s not all — Google is also adding new AR Stickers to Pixel devices starting this week. The new winter sports-themed stickers will allow you to add skiers, ice skaters, hockey players, and more to your photos and videos.
- Google Pixel 2 XL — OPM1.171019.018 (factory image, OTA)
- Google Pixel 2 — OPM1.171019.019 (factory image, OTA)
- Google Pixel XL — OPM1.171019.016 (factory image, OTA)
- Google Pixel — OPM1.171019.016 (factory image, OTA)
- Google Nexus 6P — OPM3.171019.014 (factory image, OTA)
- Google Nexus 5X — OPM3.171019.014 (factory image, OTA)
- Google Pixel C — OPM1.171019.016 (factory image, OTA)