Android is stepping up its camera game…… at least for Google own`s phones.
Google talked up a big game with its Pixel Visual Core shortly after announcing the Pixel 2 and 2 XL, but didn’t even enable it for developers until late-November 2017. In the next few days every pixel 2 or 2XL PIXEL VISUAL CORE will be activated bringing its powers to every third-party app that takes pictures.
The Pixel Visual Core is a dedicated image processing unit in the Pixel 2 and 2 XL that takes care of image processing, and up until this point was dedicated to doing neat things for HDR+ in the Pixel 2’s stock camera app. With the upcoming early-February software update, the Pixel Visual Core will work for every app that calls up the camera — provided it targets API level 26 (targeting Oreo).
you will get better photos across the board. like Instagram or Snapchat, for example — it will be processed with the same great qualities you see through the stock camera app on a Pixel 2. You’re essentially getting low-level access to the camera hardware.
now you can get that great pixel camera in all your app.
these are the thing that make the pixel phones different from other android phones. and shows google ability to do some special thing with its own hardware. Of course, true photographers will still want to use the stock camera app for more camera tweaks and saving for later use, but for spur-of-the-moment shares, in-app shots will be dramatically better than before.
Google’s calling out Instagram, Snapchat and WhatsApp as great examples of apps that will benefit from this, but it’s available to any third-party app that takes photos. Just take the next software update on your Pixel 2 or 2 XL and you’ll immediately notice the difference in every app that targets the latest API — there’s nothing to enable or change on your end.