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Google Turning On Pixel Visual Core in All Pixel 2 Handsets

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Feb 5, 2018, 12:22 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Google today said it is fully activating the Pixel Visual Core co-processor in its newer Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones. The Pixel Visual Core allows the Pixel 2 devices to make use of advanced machine learning to improve HDR+ photography. The primary benefit is that third-party apps will be able to take advantage of Google's imaging technology to boost results. As such, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Snapchat are among the first to tap into the Pixel Visual Core. People who use the cameras within these applications should see better performance, particularly with respect to balanced exposure in high-contrast environments. In addition to HDR+, the Pixel Visual Core also runs RAISR for more detail in zoomed shots, and ensures there's zero shutter lag so the phone captures pictures the instant users press the button. Third-party app developers are encouraged to put Google's new API to use in order to fully take advantage of the Pixel Visual Core in their apps. Google says the Pixel Visual Core will be enabled along with the February security patch. The update should hit the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL in the next few days. Last, Google says it is bringing more augmented reality stickers to the Pixel camera app. People will be able to dress up photos and videos with winter sports-themed stickers, such as ice skaters, hockey players, and skiers. The new AR stickers will arrive later this week.

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