A0s most Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL owners should know, inside your phone is a special image processor, known as the Pixel Visual Core (Android 8.1). The is called the Pixel Visual Core and it’sGoogle’s first SoC, but it’s speculated that it wasn’t quite completed at the time of the Pixel2’s release, resulting in it being disabled by default.
This was pointed out by Ars Technica’s Ron Amadeo on Twitter, who finally directed his followers to the newly updated Android 8.1 Release Notes page.
Android 8.1 developer preview 1 started rolling out to Pixel devices last week, and it adds a lot of useful little changes to those devices.
Now, it has come to light that the Mountain View, the California-based company has officially confirmed it’s the Developer Preview 2 – planned for November – that’ll bring along the option to enable Pixel Visual Core.
As pointed out by ArsTechnica’s Ron Amadeo on Twitter, it seems Google will flip the switch on the Core in the second developer preview for Android 8.1, as confirmed on the Android Developers website. But Google has got it fixed now and users who want to try out the developer preview should now be able to.
The Android Oreo 8.1 Developer Preview is now ready for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL devices, as well as for Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P – but only the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL handsets have the relevant hardware.