A great day for the Pixel 2 users. Google has finally launched the Pixel Visual Core co-processor for the Pixel 2 units. If you remember, the company had announced this co-processor in October last year. The function of this co-processor is to intensify the HDR+ capability of the new Pixel phones.
The Pixel Visual Core was inactive for those who didn’t search for it in their developer options. Today, Google has finally made it active by default in each unit. The Pixel Visual Core increases the pace of processing images. The co-processor also opens the advanced imaging features like HDR+ technology for third-party apps. Google has chosen Snapchat, WhatsApp and Instagram to begin with. It clearly means that these apps will now be capable of clicking ethereal photographs similar to the Pixel 2 camera.
Pixel Visual Core is built to do the heavy-lifting during image processing while using lesser power. That means users will be able to use that additional computing power to improve the quality of their pictures by running the HDR+ algorithm. Just like the native Pixel 2 camera, the co-processor runs RAISR. This paves the way for better and clearer zoomed-in shots.
The Engineer Manager of the Pixel Visual Core, Ofer Shacham also said, “These aren’t the only updates coming to Pixel this month. As announced last year, the goal is to build new features for Pixel over time so the phone keeps getting better. Later this week, we are adding new Augmented Reality (AR) Stickers themed around winter sports, so you can dress up videos and photos with freestyle skiers, twirling ice skaters, hockey players, and more. 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.”
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