Google is opening up a Pixel 2’s Google-designed appurtenance training SoC, a Pixel Visual Core, to third-party apps. The initial apps to take advantage of a chip are Snapchat and Facebook’s raise of amicable media apps: Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp. With a Feb Android confidence refurbish for a Pixel 2, any app will get to use Google’s HDR+ print estimate in their possess pictures.
In a Android 8.1 Developer Preview, Google non-stop a Pixel Visual Core adult to developers and combined a “Neural Networks API” to Android. The new API allows apps to daub into any machine-learning hardware acceleration chips benefaction in a device, of that a Pixel Visual Core is one of a initial examples. Google’s HDR+ print algorithm is one of a initial pieces of program ported to a Pixel Visual Core, and now it’s open to prolongation third-party apps.
Google’s HDR+ algorithm takes a burst of photos with brief bearing times, aligning them to comment for any transformation and averaging them together. The outcome is a noticeably improved image, with reduction sound and aloft energetic range. The images are also upsampled to yield some-more fact than we would differently get with a singular 12MP image. HDR+ is so good that a Android modding village has taken to porting a Pixel-exclusive Google Camera app to other devices, where regulating HDR+ now improves a outlay of a camera.
Before this release, HDR+ on a Pixel had a large functionality gap. It was disdainful to a Google camera app, so if we were regulating any other camera app, a algorithm wasn’t there, and you’d finish adult holding lower-quality photos. While any app on a Pixel can call adult a Google camera app with a elementary “take picture” intent, apps can’t build tradition facilities on tip of Google’s camera app. This is a problem if we wish to do something like Snapchat’s “Lens” camera effects, that necessitates building a tradition camera app from blemish and losing HDR+. we doubt we need a whole additional SoC to open a HDR+ algorithms to third parties, though now all Pixel photos will be equal as prolonged as a app supports a Pixel Visual Core.
Snapchat and Facebook are only a launch partners for this feature. The HDR+ algorithms are now open to any developer who wants to block into Google’s chip.
Correction: Google sent along a note observant a Pixel Visual Core is indeed not used by a Google camera app. So this third-party use is a initial time it’s been put to use by any square of software.