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Google enables Pixel Visual Core for all third party apps on Pixel 2

Mountain View based tech giant Google has announced that Pixel 2 users can take better images for social media on the their Pixel 2 devices now, thanks to the Pixel Visual Core. The company has now enabled this feature by default for all apps.

Google had introduced the new Pixel Visual Core on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. The enhancement is a Machine Learning backed Image coprocessor that helps you get better images. The highlight here is that it is designed to work in sync with in-app cameras on different social media platforms. Here is all about the enhancements and how you can get them.

About Google Pixel Visual Core

Image taken without Pixel Visual Core (left) and with Pixel Visual Core (Right)

Image taken without Pixel Visual Core (left) and with Pixel Visual Core (Right)

Starting with the basics, the Pixel Visual Core is a machine-learning based image coprocessor to get better quality images on the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Google has said in its blog post that the update will roll out to Pixel 2 devices in the coming days.

The update allows Pixel 2 users to take better images with social media apps like Instagram, WhatsApp and Snapchat. It means you can take sharper and brighter images with the in-app cameras of these applications. Also, the tech includes RAISR (Rapid and Accurate Image Super-Resolution) which lets you take sharper images even with the cameras zoomed in.

The Google Pixel 2 is already the best rated smartphone camera by DxOmark and now with the Pixel Visual Core being enabled for third-party apps, users can now witness the benefits of this feature more evidently.

The Pixel Visual Core is built to do heavy image processing while using less power, which saves battery. That means apps can use that additional computing power to improve the quality of your pictures by running the HDR+ algorithm.

With this update, the Pixel 2 can now take sharper, brighter, and better zoomed in images even with third-party apps. Google has also announced that it will soon roll out Augmented Reality Stickers themed around winter sports for the Pixel smartphones.


Abhishek Bhatnagar

Abhishek Bhatnagar, a known technology blogger & YouTuber from India. A Software Engineer by qualification, now he works as the editor-In-Chief, Webmaster, & Managing Director at Gadgets To Use. He runs a number of other technology websites as well.