Google today made Android 8.1 Oreo official. Google had made the final developer preview of the refreshed platform available at the end of November. Most prominently, Android 8.1 unlocks the Pixel Visual Core on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones. Show More Summary
Soon after the Pixel 2 phones were unveiled in early October, Google revealed that the phones have a dormant feature that was not ready for mass consumption at launch. The Pixel Visual Core is Google’s custom co-processor meant to improve image processing and machine learning features on the device. Show More Summary
Google have now announced the availability of the final Developer Preview of Android 8.1. While the finalised version won’t roll out until December, the new preview features “near-final” system images. The new preview actives the Pixel Visual Core chipset in both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2XL. Show More Summary
It's time for a photo processing upgrade. Google's new Pixel Visual Core co-processor has been sitting dormant inside the Pixel 2 and 2 XL since launch, but now with the Android 8.1 Developer Preview 2 (aka Beta 2) release we have an early look at what it can do. Show More Summary
With Android 8.1, Google is enabling support for the Pixel Visual Core photo processing chip inside the Pixel 2. Based on our testing, the results are promising.
The first Android 8.1 preview release opened the doors to app developers wanting to support the Pixel 2's untapped Pixel Visual Core chip, and now the phones themselves are ready for action. Google has released the final 8.1 developer preview, which switches on the Visual Core for Pixel 2 and 2 XL users. Show More Summary
Sadly, not all of the Pixel 2’s surprises have been the good sort since Google’s latest flagship launched. Visual Core is one of the more pleasant ones, though — a custom system-on-a-chip (SoC) that’s just been hanging out in the phone not really doing much of anything. Read More
Android 8.1 Developer Preview 2 is rolling out. The latest Android Beta kicks off Google testing of the Pixel 2's dormant "Pixel Visual Core" for improved camera performance.
One month after Google released the first Android 8.1 Developer Preview, a new update has been unleashed. Google is now rolling out Android 8.1 Developer Preview 2. This update is also the final Android 8.1 Developer Preview, with the [...]
This release should turn on Google's custom SoC after a false start with Preview 1.
It's that time again! Just over a month after the first Android 8.1 Developer Preview release, we now have Developer Preview 2. Once again it's available for all of the latest devices from Google: Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel, Pixel...Show More Summary
Google has updated its documents to confirm that the Pixel Visual Core will be activated on the Pixel 2 with the Android 8.1 Developer Preview 2.
As most Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL owners should know, inside your phone is a special image processor, known as the Pixel Visual Core. As of now, this special processor is not enabled, but Google has provided specific details about when we’ll be able to utilize it. Show More Summary
Developer Preview 2 and the Pixel Visual Core will be available later this month. Google's Pixel 2 and 2 XL are two of the best phones for a lot of different reasons, but one of their strongest aspects is easily the camera performance. Show More Summary
The Pixel 2's dedicated photography chip wasn't enabled in the first Android 8.1 Developer Preview, despite that Google said the option would be there.
The Pixel 2 phones have two processors, including the Snapdragon 835 found in many of this year’s flagship Android handsets, and a the Pixel Visual Core, custom Google creation that’s dedicated to the camera. It turns out that special image processing chip isn’t a Google-only creation. Show More Summary
Google and Intel have teamed up for the Pixel Visual Core that will allow the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL to take HDR+ pictures up to 5x faster.
Pixel Visual Core and Mate 10 event offer clues about what's next for Android and AI. Google hasn't yet (explicitly) announced Android 8.1 Oreo. But reading between the lines of two recent Android announcements, it gives us a small glimpse of the first Oreo maintenance release. Show More Summary
The folks at iFixit did their thing to the Google Pixel 2 XL today. They didn’t find a solution for blue-tilting in displays or how to turn off sRGB mode, but they did find the rest of the goodies buried in this latest smartphone from Google. Show More Summary
Recently we learned that the Pixel has an inactivated 'secret' chip inside. So what exactly is the Pixel Visual Core? That's what we am to find out.