flipped the switch of the Pixel Visual Core chip that fuels the
HDR+ feature on Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL
devices. In December last year, the company dropped the word
about bringing Pixel Visual Core’s capabilities to other apps. But now, the
custom designed co-processor can be leveraged by many popular
Android apps that use the device’s camera, including WhatsApp,
Instagram, Snapchat, etc.
These apps will be able to capture images better than before
with the help of its computational photography and machine
learning capabilities. According to Google, Pixel Visual
Core is designed for processing images quickly with greater
muscle power but cutting down on battery consumption.
The chip would allow third-party apps to capture brighter and
more detailed images using HDR+. But HDR+ is one of the things
the co-processor can do. Google said last year that they would
develop more applications for the custom chip in the future.
The changes announced will be rolled out for Pixel 2 and Pixel
2 XL in the coming weeks along with other software
improvements. Google will also release new winter sports-themed
AR Stickers for Pixel 2. Users can decorate their photos and
videos with freestyle skiers, twirling ice skaters, hockey