When Google had first revealed that the Pixel 2 shipped with its custom-designed Pixel Visual Core, it was believed by many that the Google Camera app would take advantage of it once the core was activated through a future software update.
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A month after Google first unveiled the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, it revealed that the handsets shipped with the Pixel Visual Core — a custom chip developed entirely by Google and Intel that could be used by third-party camera apps for HDR+ processing. Google activated the core with the Android 8.1 Oreo update for third-party developers, and now with the February update, it is enabling the chip for all third-party Android apps.
Google unveiled the Pixel Visual Core co-processor in the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones last October, which uses an HDR+ algorithm and machine learning to try and boost image quality.
The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL might not look like outstanding handsets on paper but once you start using either of them, you will realize what a workhorse they are. Right from their camera to their battery life their daily performance, its really hard to find faults in the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.
The Google Pixel 2 is an exclusive via Verizon (among major carriers) in the U.S. A new report by BayStreet Research finds that the sales of the smartphone improved somewhat towards the end of 2017. However, the report noted that the numbers weren’t close to what was seen with the predecessor during the same period in 2016.
When the Pixel 2 XL was first launched, it was heavily criticised for its sub-par OLED display which suffered from a significant blue shift when viewed at less than perfect angle. There were other issues with the display as well like image retention but it was the blue shift that bothered users the most as Google managed to solve most of the issues to a certain extent with software updates.
Smartphones are among the hottest gift items during the holiday season so it is always interesting to go through the smartphone activation data during this period and see how major OEMs performed. Like every year, Apple took the top spot with a staggering 44 percent of device activations.
The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL easily have the best smartphone camera on the market right now. On paper, the camera specs of the handsets might not seem that impressive but thanks to Google’s machine learning prowess, both phones can capture some stunning photos.
Looking to buy a Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL this holiday season? To sweeten the deal, Google is now offering a $50 to $75 discount on its second-generation Pixel handsets in the United States. Considering how exorbitantly priced these smartphones are, the discount does help them make a wee bit more reasonable.
At the beginning of this month, Google released the Android 8.1 Oreo update for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL which fixed a number of bugs. However, the update seems to have inadvertently introduced another bug: slower fingerprint scanner performance. Many Pixel 2 XL owners have been complaining about the fingerprint scanner being slow to unlock their device after the latest update.