Google Confirms Android 8.1 Oreo Update In Coming Weeks

As part of Google detailing about Pixel Visual Core, a little system-on-chip (SoC) included in the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL to speed up image processing has also confirmed about the Android 8.1 Oreo update. Here is everything you need to know about.

It is said that the company is planning to release Android Oreo 8.1 version update. Specifically, the developer preview (MR1) of Android 8.1 update will be rolled out “in the coming weeks.” Undoubtedly, both the Pixel phones will be the first to get the latest update.

 machine-learning co-processor for Pixel 2

Apart from enabling Pixel Visual Core on Pixel 2 phones, there’s still scarce of information on what other new features will be included in the new update and what it will bring alongside.

Pixel Visual Core is an image processing and machine learning system on Pixel 2. The Camera on the phones are packed full of great hardware, software and machine learning (ML), so you need to do is point and shoot to take amazing photos and videos. It also has Motion Photos feature, but one of the technologies that help you take great photos is HDR+, which definitely makes it possible to get excellent photos of scenes with a large range of brightness levels, from dimly lit landscapes to a very sunny sky.

Since the team is working on creating hardware capabilities that enable significantly greater computing power to bring HDR+ to third-party photography applications. To expand the reach of HDR+, also handling the challenging imaging and ML applications, and deliver lower-latency and even more power-efficient HDR+ processing, the Pixel Visual Core.

Pixel Visual Core is the first Google’s custom-designed co-processor for consumer products. It’s built into every Pixel 2, and in the coming months, it will be on several other compatible devices through a software update in order to enable more applications to use Pixel 2’s camera for taking HDR+ quality pictures.

There are other things to take a note of, but the topic today is all about enabling Pixel Visual Core as a developer option in the DP of Android Oreo 8.1 (MR1). Also said to be enabling it for all third-party apps using the Android Camera API, giving them full complete access to the Pixel 2’s HDR+ technology.

Learn more from here: Pixel Visual Core image processing and machine learning on Pixel 2

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