If you have noticed a substantial improvement in the photographs taken within WhatsApp this week, there’s a very good reason.
Google has flipped the switch on its Pixel Visual Core technology, bringing better photography to a number of third-party apps on its flagship Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones.
This has enabled the hugely-impressive HDR+ processing found in the Google Pixel’s default camera app to third-party apps, including WhatsApp, Instagram and Snapchat.
Pixel Visual Core is a dedicated image-processing chip built by Google.
The silicon was included in the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL at launch, but was not activated until earlier this week.
The purpose of the Visual Core is to bring the HDR+ image processing enabled by default in the Google Pixel’s camera app to any app that employs the relevant Google APIs.
Photo Shot With Pixel Visual Core Disabled, LEFT, And Enabled, RIGHT