Google announces Pixel Visual Core co-processor for better HDR+ photos

Google announces Pixel Visual Core co-processor for better HDR+ photos

The Pixel Visual Core co-processor will be turned on through a software update along with the public launch of Android 8.1 Oreo and will allow third-party applications to take advantage of the better HDR+ photos.

Google decided to take a more subtle approach with the Pixel 2's implementation. They can turn it off in Settings.

You can also start a slideshow, add a photo immediately to an album without backing out of the Camera to go to the Photos app, use the photo for wallpapers or contact photos, print it, and more. With most high-end flagships all banking on very similar features, camera quality is something that truly sets the best apart. The way it did it on both Pixel 2 models, however, is rather odd.

At its event announcing the new Pixel phones earlier this month, Google acknowledged that the next big smartphone advancements won't be about the hardware. There was some apprehension and no small amount of skepticism when word of a "Made by Google" phone started circulating.

After years of Google's somewhat erratic approach to phone hardware, is the company finally ready to commit? Twisting your wrist twice while holding the phone will switch from the back-facing camera to the front-facing one (and vice-versa). No need for an internet connection at the time. In here you'll find the Now Playing option.

The previous flagship Google phone was the Nexus, which it made in partnership with major manufacturers from 2010 to 2015. As we've previously mentioned, Assistant can be fired up by squeezing the edges of the phone or, if you're less flashy, by pressing the virtual home button on the display. It's not going to present itself to you in a store other than Verizon, and that puts it at a disadvantage - particularly among those who want to comparison shop in stores.

Some specs might be a bit more contentious than others.

What's more, despite only having one rear camera, the Pixel 2 is capable of the same depth effect bokeh that dual camera devices offer, although the feature isn't quite as impressive as Apple's offering.

In practice, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have made healthy strides forward on 2016's devices, with a second-to-none camera and an Android experience that makes other manufacturers uses of the software look bloated. The volume up key on the right-hand side of the handset doubles up as a shutter key, which means it's easy to capture photos while on the move.

And Google wants you to snap pictures. Not only that, but it'll make processing of HDR+ insanely faster when compared to the phone's using the Snapdragon 835 on board.

So what can this chip do exactly?

Portrait mode on the Google Pixel 2 XLStephanie Wu/Mic2.

Speaking of headphones, Google has aped Apple with the Pixel 2 and done away with the 3.5mm headphone jack.

If you head into Settings System Languages, input & gestures Advanced, you'll find Active Edge settings. Follow this with Default Apps, then Assist & Voice Input. But the devices are running a lovely, uncluttered version of Android that weaves in the very latest Googley innovations and a handful of inspired tricks. Instead, audio will be piped through the handset's USB Type-C port, meaning people without Bluetooth headphones will need to use the bundled adapter or invest in USB-C headphones. Tap Apps & Notifications, followed by Special App Access within the Advanced section.

On these two fronts, Google is well on the way to matching its tech rivals in the phone market, but it is still being let down by phone hardware that feels rushed.

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