The Visual Core chip inside the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL were recently opened to third parties. But, it turns out, the chip doesn’t come into play for Google’s own camera at all. Before the company opened it to third parties, it was assumed that the Visual Core was responsible for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL’s excellent HDR+ mode. However, in an interview with Fonearena back in November 2017, Google’s Pixel camera team revealed that the company doesn’t need to use the Visual Core.
Google’s Pixel camera team said that activating Visual Core will mainly benefit third party apps, which is seemingly what the chip is made for.
The team said that activating Visual Core will mainly benefit third party apps, which is seemingly what the chip is made for. In case you were wondering, that means the Visual Core update will not actually improve your Pixel 2/Pixel’s camera capabilities. What it will do, however, is improve Instagram, Snapchat and other apps’ camera prowess. Of course, that’s provided they take advantage of the chip in the first place.
The Pixel 2 camera is rated as one of the best on the market. In fact, many would argue that it is the best out there, even though Google uses a single sensor. The company was even able to put a software-based bokeh mode in place, though it doesn’t do as good a job as Apple or Samsung here.