Google to extend Pixel 2's HDR

Google to extend Pixel 2's HDR

"Using Pixel Visual Core, HDR+ can run 5x faster and at less than one-tenth the energy than running on the application processor (AP)", Google says.

While we ourselves are in the process of a detailed assessment of the Pixel 2 Portrait Mode, Google has already released a bunch of real-life Potrait Mode photos made with the new camera and we are eager to share them here.

Aside from enabling Pixel Visual Core on Pixel 2 phones, there's now no information on what other new features (if any) the update will bring along.

Google announced the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL earlier this month on October 4.

So in other words it will make HDR photos faster to shoot and less battery-intensive.

In the same blog post Google revealed that Android 8.1 itself will be launched in developer preview mode in the coming weeks, and that Pixel Visual Core will be enabled along with it. With the latest update, the Google Pixel 2 Launcher has added support for the panel, providing slight tweaks in the animation when sliding up, much like the iOS. It means that non-native apps can utilize the enhanced image quality from the Google Pixel 2 HDR+ mode.

Third-party camera apps are popular for their extra features, often offering more controls including manual exposure controls and manual focusing.

The Google Pixel 2/XL are the world's first phones to make true DSLR-like Portrait Mode - where the subject is in focus and the background blurred - possible with just a single camera.

Google plans to ultimately enable the Pixel Visual Core for third-party apps too, meaning you'll be able to take advantage of it even if you don't use Google's camera app.

The centrepiece of the PVC chip is the Google-designed image processing unit (IPU), "a fully programmable, domain-specific processor designed from scratch to deliver maximum performance at low power".

For the record, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL both sport the same 12.2-megapixel f/1.8 rear camera and 8-megapixel f/2.4 front snapper.