Tech & Science Android 8.1 final preview enables the Pixel 2's custom camera chip

05:21  28 november  2017
05:21  28 november  2017 Source:   Engadget

Google Assistant can help troubleshoot your Pixel 2 phone

  Google Assistant can help troubleshoot your Pixel 2 phone Plenty of companies offer chat support to troubleshoot problems with your phone. But do you really want to talk to another human for what could be a simple fix? You don't have to... if you have a Pixel 2. Android Police has discovered that you can ask Google Assistant for help with battery issues. Ask why your battery isn't charging properly and the AI companion will not only run a diagnostics check, but look for particularly power-hungry apps.

The first Android 8 . 1 preview release opened the doors to app developers wanting to support the Pixel 2 ' s untapped Pixel Visual Core chip , and now the phones themselves are ready for action. Google has released the final 8 . 1 developer preview

The first Android 8 . 1 preview release opened the doors to app developers wanting to support the Pixel 2 ' s untapped Pixel Visual Core chip , and now the phones themselves are ready for action. Google has released the final 8 . 1 developer preview , which…

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The first Android 8.1 preview release opened the doors to app developers wanting to support the Pixel 2's untapped Pixel Visual Core chip, and now the phones themselves are ready for action. Google has released the final 8.1 developer preview, which switches on the Visual Core for Pixel 2 and 2 XL users. You can now take AI-fueled HDR+ photos using apps that support the standard Android camera framework, not just Google's own app.

The 8.1 release also includes acceleration for machine learning through TensorFlow Lite, performance improvements for Android Go phones and a host of minor tweaks. Logically, this last preview also stamps out a host of bugs from before.

Apple's iMac Pro may have hands-free Siri voice control

  Apple's iMac Pro may have hands-free Siri voice control It includes a version of the A10 chip from the iPhone 7.It's possible that the A10 chip is always running, which would represent a break from the custom T1 chip driving the Touch Bar in some recent MacBook Pro models. That would line up with leaks which had custom ARM chips handling macOS' Power Nap feature, which fetches data while the system is sleeping. The iMac Pro wouldn't have to spool up its power-hungry Xeon processor just to grab your email. And of course, that could be very important for "hey Siri" commands, which could theoretically run even if the Mac is dormant.

Now, Google' s Docs, Slides and Sheets apps extend to fill the iPhone X' s full screen (except for the awkward camera tab, of course). That means makes it much easier to add links from your browser or images from your camera roll to existing documents.

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If you want to experiment, the new release will roll out to Android Beta Program members over the next few days. And if you'd rather play it safe? Google is still on track to push the finished release to Pixel and Nexus owners starting in December. Yes, you'll have had to wait up to two months to make full use of the PIxel 2's hardware, but it'll be hard to complain too much when this will widen access to Google's unique image processing techniques.

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Google finally fixes the burger emoji .
After a long wait, Google has finally done the right thing. In addition to righting the cheese placement-wrong, the new beta also contains updated emojis for "Beer" and "Beers," filling up the steins so that the frothy head makes much more sense. The "Cheese" emoji gets a more three-dimensional look as well, which should please fans of fromage the world over. As Emojipedia notes, this is of course a beta update, which means that the changes may not be final (though we surely hope the burger stays fixed for all our sakes).

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