It’s been the matter of two months when Google, the owners of Android OS, launched the latest version Android 8.0 Oreo. The company has already made it available on all Pixel and Nexus devices.
It is now confirmed that we are going to see the first major update 8.1 Oreo in coming weeks with both first and second generation of Pixel smartphones to get the update in first hand.
Pixel Visual Core Being Enabled
The new update will enable Pixel Visual Core, a custom image processor available in Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, which is not enabled until now.
The new chip includes a single Cortex-A53 CPU core, eight Image Processing Unit cores and LPDDR4 memory. However, it will work independent of the main Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset.
Google Pixel Visual Core is designed to deliver lower-latency and even more power-efficient HDR+ processing. Both primary and secondary cameras of Pixel devices would equally take advantage of Google’s new HDR+ image processing technology.
Google claims that once the chip is enabled, it will enhance image processing of Pixel devices by 5 times and it will only take 1/10th of power compared to the Snapdragon 835.
Be noted the new update will be earmarked to enable the PVC chip for the pixel’s own camera app first and it will be later enabled for third-party apps as well.