In its bid to add new experiences to Pixel phones, Google has now announced that the "Pixel Visual Core" for Pixel 2 users -- a custom-designed co-processor for the device -- is now turned on and the update will be rolled out in the next few days.
Further, Google has also stated that the phone's custom-made image processing unit will be accessible to third-party apps. Using computational photography and machine learning, Pixel Visual Core has opened advanced imaging features like HDR+ technology for third-party apps. This will allow users to shoot and share amazing photos on Instagram, WhatsApp, and Snapchat, along with many other apps which use the Pixel 2 camera.
"All you need to do is take the photo and Pixel 2 will do the rest. Your photos will be bright, detailed, and clear," the company has said in its blog post.
However, these aren't the only updates coming to Pixel users this month. "As announced last year, the goal is to build new features for Pixel over time so the phone keeps getting better," said Ofer Shacham, Engineering Manager for Pixel Visual Core. "Later this week, we are adding new Augmented Reality (AR) Stickers themed around winter sports. 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.
Talking about Pixel Visual Core, the technology has been built to do the heavy-lifting during image processing while using lesser power. With it, users will be able to use that additional computing power to improve the quality of pictures by running the HDR+ algorithm. HDR+ technology has always been available to users when they take photos from Pixel's native camera app. So basically Google is extending its photo processing capabilities to popular photography, social media, and camera apps as well.
Moreover, like the main Pixel camera, Pixel Visual Core also runs "RAISR" which makes zoomed-in shots look sharper and more detailed than before. Plus, it also has Zero Shutter Lag to capture the frame right when users press the shutter, so they can time shots perfectly. What's also exciting is these new features are available to any app-developers can find information on Google Open Source.
These updates will be rolling out over the next few days, along with other Pixel software improvements and February security monthly update. Users should get the notification for the update.