Saturday, 24 February, 2018

Visual Core co-processor enabled for improved photo capture with AI support

Use Pixel 2 for better photos in Instagram, WhatsApp and Snapchat - The Keyword Google Pixel 2 users will now be able to take better photos in Instagram, WhatsApp and Snapchat
Sherri Watson | 08 February, 2018, 13:54

The Pixel Visual Core is a custom image processing unit built into the Pixel 2 and its bigger brother the Pixel 2 XL.

Typically, when Google rolls out an update to Play Services, it introduces new features or functionality to Android. After users complained, Google extended the standard warranty to two years for the Pixel 2 devices, but the Pixel owners have been left out. Using computational photography and machine learning, Pixel Visual Core has opened advanced imaging features like HDR+ technology for third-party apps.

A few Redditors recently shared that the Check for Update button wasn't doing anything with Play Services v11, but updating to v12.2.09 actually started to pull in the latest February security patch that Google just released. This will allow users to shoot and share unbelievable photos on Instagram, WhatsApp, and Snapchat, along with many other apps which use the Pixel 2 camera.

Though hardware defects can occur in any smartphone, if you are going to be paying a huge premium for something like the Pixel, then it should be Google's responsibility to initiate some thorough quality control measures.

"Turns out we do pretty sophisticated processing, optimising and tuning in the camera app itself to get the maximum performance possible".

Here is another fun fact for you; the class-action lawsuit managed to get filed by Girard Gibbs LLP, which is the same law firm that exercised the lawsuit against Google and the problems present in the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.

"Like the main Pixel camera, Pixel Visual Core also runs RAISR, which means zoomed-in shots look sharper and more detailed than ever before".

The HDR+ algorithm of the Pixel Visual Core is said to collate pictures with short exposure times, then later on aligning them in order to analyze motions and reduce the noise. Plus, it also has Zero Shutter Lag to capture the frame right when users press the shutter, so they can time shots perfectly.