Google is activating the Pixel 2’s visual core chip with the Android 8.1 update

The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL came with a dormant “Visual Core” chip inside.
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Android 8.1 beta is rolling out to the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.

Android 8.1 beta is rolling out to the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.

Android 8.1 beta is rolling out to the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. The update activates the Visual Core chip inside the Pixel 2 smartphones. The chip is expected to enhance the Pixel 2’s imaging capabilities. It also enabled third-party developers to take advantage of Google’s excellent HDR+ mode. So, developers will be able to build camera apps that can shoot HDR+ images, while the Visual Core also improves processing speeds.

Android 8.1 beta roll out update activates the Visual Core chip inside the Pixel 2 smartphones.

Further, the official release for Android 8.1 are expected in December, according to a blog post by Google. The company recommended that developers test their apps now, since the official release is just around the corner. Google also said that developers should update to Android Studio 3.0 if they want to build apps for Android 8.1.

While activating the visual core is indeed the most important aspect of this update, it also brings “near-final” APIs to the Nexus devices. In fact, the official release of Android 8.1 will be coming to all the Pixel smartphones, the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P. It also enables all of Google’s machine learning and neural APIs on the platform.