Google launched its latest flagship smartphones Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL last year in October. Both the smartphones come with the same camera and are often regarded as the best camera in a smartphone. This is because of the Google’s Pixel Visual Core co-processor designed in partnership with Intel.
“Pixel Visual Core is built to do heavy-lifting image processing while using less power, which saves battery. That means we’re able to use that additional computing power to improve the quality of your pictures by running the HDR+ algorithm” Google said in a blog post. Now Google is opening up this Imaging processor for 3rd party apps.
Google Pixel Visual core will now be available across third-party apps that use Pixel Camera APIs. The feature will be rolled out with the February update. According to Google, this Imaging processor uses computational photography and machine learning to improve image quality in apps.
“Like the main Pixel camera, Pixel Visual Core also runs RAISR, which means zoomed-in shots look sharper and more detailed than ever before. Plus, it has Zero Shutter Lag to capture the frame right when you press the shutter, so you can time shots perfectly.” Google added in the Blog post.
So now if you have a Pixel 2 smartphone you will be able to take better photos with 3rd party apps like Instagram, Snapchat, WhatsApp etc. It will be interesting to see how well 3rd party app developers will be able to utilize the Co-processor available on Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Stay tuned to Sid Tech for more tech updates.
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