Google’s HDR+ tech now on social media apps via February update

Google unveiled the Pixel Visual Core to bring its HDR+ technology to the 2017 Pixel smartphones. Now, with the recent February update, Google is enabling the feature for various third-party apps such as Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Snapchat, among many such apps.

Google, in its blog post said, “With Pixel 2, we wanted to build the best smartphone camera in the world. One of the ways we did that is with HDR+ technology, which helps you capture better photos in challenging lighting conditions, like scenes with both bright and shaded areas or those with dim light. Today we’re turning on Pixel Visual Core for Pixel 2 users—a custom designed co-processor for Pixel 2.”


The Pixel Visual Core coprocessor, with the help of machine learning and computational photography, runs the HDR+ tech and enhances the images clicked on the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL, making the images more detailed, clearer and brighter.

Additionally, Pixel Visual Core can perform heavy image process by not giving away the battery, runs RAISR for sharper zoomed-in shots, and has Zero shutter lag with increased shutter speed.

Furthermore, apart from this, the February update has also brought AI-powered winter-themed stickers, which can be added to the captured videos and photos.

The February update for the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL has started rolling out.

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