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Tip: Enable Pixel Visual Core in Android 8.1


Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL users running Android 8.1 can now enable the Pixel Visual Core chip hidden in your phone. Here’s why you might want to do so.

As you may know, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are basically just HTC and LG handsets, respectively. But Google did give the devices one “made by Google” bit: Each includes a special, Google-designed image processing chip called Pixel Visual Core. And it does exactly one thing: It hardware accelerates the phone’s HDR+ functionality.

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