Google started to roll out Android 8.1 Developer Preview 2 for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL range. The new update activates the Visual Core chip within the Google Pixel 2 series that boosts the image signal processing on the smartphone. Google had launched the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones in the month of October featuring the Visual Core SoC which is specifically designed to enhance the existing image-taking experience on the handsets.
Though the chip was present on the Pixel 2 series since the time of their arrival, it was dormant. But now, the chip has finally been enabled for experience via the new developer preview build. The Visual Core chip will also enable HDR+ shots on the third party apps via the Android Camera API. This means that the third party apps will now be able to deliver an experience close to the default camera app on the Pixel 2 series.
The Visual Core chip is an Octa-Core image processing unit (IPU) that handles the HDR+ photos at a 5 times faster speed, according to Google. Google also claims that the chip will consume only one-tenth of the energy in the process.
If you have already enrolled for thee Android Beta Program, then you will receive the update notification soon for downloading the new preview update soon via over the air (OTA). But you can still check for the update manually on your Pixel 2 model by installing a compatible factory image. You can download the factory image on the Android Developers’ site.
If you do not wish to download the preview update then you can wait for the public release of Android 8.1. The official launch of the Android 8.1 update is due in the month of December, according to Google. So you will get the Android version update then if you have not enrolled in the Beta Program.