Google Pixel 2′s camera app does not use the Pixel Visual Core

08 February, 2018, 16:16 | Author: Ann Santiago
  • Google Pixel 2 users will now be able to take better photos in Instagram, WhatsApp and Snapchat

Previously available only for the stock camera app with Android 8.1, will now be available across third-party apps that make use of the camera APIs. Long criticised as a placebo, Google finally changed the way the button worked previous year ... to make it actually do something.

Further, Google has also stated that the phone's custom-made image processing unit will be accessible to third-party apps.

"This technology has always been available when you take photos from Pixel's main camera app. Your photos will be bright, detailed, and clear", the company has said in its blog post. The feature will be rolled out via the February monthly update.

According to CopperheadOS, instead of using the Pixel Visual Core chip, the Google Camera app in second-gen Pixel smartphones uses the DSP (Digitial Signal Processor) of Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 chip and still gives way better results than other phones that too are powered by the Snapdragon 835 chip. "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", Shacham added.

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"That means we're able to use that additional computing power to improve the quality of your pictures by running the HDR+ algorithm". But, you never know if Google decides to resort to Visual Core for faster HDR+ processing in the Google Camera app in the future.

Google Pixel 2 users will also get the enjoy the better quality of zoom-in shots as the Pixel Visual Core chip will be able to enhance the now existing picture by itself with the help of an AI system, filling in the smallest details that will result in sharper and clearer close-up photos. Plus, it also has Zero Shutter Lag to capture the frame right when users press the shutter, so they can time shots perfectly.

With the release of Google Play Services v.12.2.09, the Check for Updates button works again.

So if you take photos in Snapchat, Instagram, or WhatsApp, you're going to start to see a big improvement with the Pixel 2.

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