Feb 07 AT 4:53 PM Dima Aryeh 0 Comments

Google Pixel 2′s camera app does not use the Pixel Visual Core

Google Pixel 2 Camera

The Pixel Visual Core is a custom image processing unit built into the Pixel 2 and its bigger brother the Pixel 2 XL. It sits alongside the DSP built into Qualcomm’s processor, allegedly allowing for much better photos to be taken. After all, proprietary hardware and software usually mesh well.

However, it looks like the stock camera app on the Pixel 2 doesn’t actually take advantage of the Pixel Visual Core, instead opting for proprietary software processing on the Qualcomm Hexagon DSP to get the amazing results we see with the Google Camera app. Brian Rakowski, vice president of product management at Google addressed this issue over at FoneArena:

“Turns out we do pretty sophisticated processing, optimising and tuning in the camera app itself to get the maximum performance possible. We do ZSL and fast buffering to get fast HDR capture. So we don’t take advantage of the Pixel Visual Core, we don’t need to take advantage of it.”

The Pixel Visual Core is for third party apps, giving other app makers the advantages of Google’s advanced photo capabilities via an API and specialized processor hardware. It’s strange that Google’s own camera app does not use it, but it makes perfect sense why it’s in the phone.

Via: PocketNow

Dima Aryeh is obsessed with all things car and tech. His time is split between gaming and fixing his racecar. He also does photography in his spare time.

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