Monday, 12 November, 2018


Google Releases Second Developer Preview of Android 8.1 Oreo

The new update will also introduce optimisations to Android Go smartphones with at least 1GB of RAM as well as a new Neural Networks API to boost on device machine intelligence Google Releases Second Developer Preview of Android 8.1 Oreo
Kristine Garrett | 28 November, 2017, 08:39

But if developers start playing around with Google's imaging chip this month, there should be apps ready to take advantage of it when 8.1 is released widely in December.

The dedicated imaging chip will now let Pixel 2 devices speed up the process of capturing shots with Google HDR+ on camera apps using the right API.

According to the company, Pixel Visual Core has eight image processing unit (IPU) cores and 512 arithmetic logic units.

Additionally, Android 8.1 Oreo will bring the new Neural Networks API (NNAPI) which allows for on-device machine learning operations.

Sadly, not all of the Pixel 2's surprises have been the good sort since Google's latest flagship launched. Visual Core is one of the more pleasant ones, though - a custom system-on-a-chip (SoC) that's just been hanging out in the phone not really doing much of anything. This means that third-party apps would be able to deliver an experience close to the default camera app on the Pixel 2 models.

Pixel Visual Core activatedAlso, for Pixel 2 users, the Android 8.1 update on these devices enables Pixel Visual Core - Google's first custom-designed co-processor for image processing and ML - through a new developer option. Google announced today that it's releasing the final preview of Android 8.1 to those who joined the beta program. Factory images for all supported devices are available for download on Android Developers' site.

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