Google's Pixel Visual core which is basically a custom chip designed to help with HDR+ image processing seems to be missing for its own camera app. As per some reports from Beebom Google's own camera app in the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL doesn't really use the Pixel Visual Core. The hidden image processing chip that is found inside of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 Xl is not the Pixel Visual core. This might come as a surprise for the Google users.
The reports further suggest that it was revealed back in November 2017 by Google's VP of product management, Brian Rakowski. It was recently spotted by large section of section of Global tech media after ARS Technica's Ron Amando tweeted regarding the same.
The Google Pixel camera team made the comment that "Turns out we do pretty sophisticated processing, optimizing and tuning in the camera app itsef to get the maximum performance possible. We do ZSL and fast buffering to get fast HDR capture. So we don't take the advantage of Pixel Visual Core, we don't need to take advantage of it."
That said now when we know that Google doesn't make use of Pixel Visual core it would be interesting to see where else Google will implement this.
Google had also recently rolled out new features for YouTube Go, the company has also made slight changes in the Google Now Launcher. As per the reports from Android Police, a new Google Feed button has been added to the search bar on the home screen. By tapping on the new Google Feed button a user can directly move to their Google Feed without swapping left to right on the homepage. Even as Google favors Pixel's launcher it doesn't want its older launcher to be left behind, hence the new Google Feed button is being added the Google now launcher.