Google Camera HDR Plus App Now Works With LG Phones

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Jan 29, 2018
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Ever since its inclusion in Pixel and Nexus devices, developers have had their eyes on the Google Camera app, because it allowed non-Nexus and Pixel devices to take advantage of Google Camera’s HDR+ technology. On several occasions, it has significantly improved image quality in many devices. Ever since its inception mid last year, the port has received many updates, including RAW support, support for Motion Photos, and most importantly, support for Portrait Mode. Hence, it comes as no surprise that it is becoming one of the most sought after mods for Qualcomm-based devices (and it now works on some Exynos-based devices as well). However, due to the port being an unofficial one, it has its share of problems.

It still has bugs on some devices such as the OnePlus 5 and several others, mainly because of the fact that it lacks support for dual cameras. It is further complicated by the different type of dual-camera setups employed by manufacturers. Most dual-camera smartphones are a mix and match between RGB sensors, monochrome sensors, wide-angle lenses, telephoto lenses and depth-sensors. LG phones primarily use a combination of normal plus wide-angle lenses, as seen in devices such as the LG G5, V20, G6, and V30.

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The LG V30 has a 16MP primary camera with a Sony IMX351 sensor, 1.0-micron pixels, and a f/1.6 aperture. It has optical image stabilization (OIS), and a 71-degree angle of view. The secondary camera is a wide-angle 13MP camera with a 120-degree angle of view, 1.0-micron pixels, and a f/1.9 aperture. The secondary wide-angle camera is what sets LG’s flagship smartphones apart from the flock. The quality of images captured by the LG V30 is exemplary and in a league of its own. Until now, it couldn’t work with the Google Camera app, but that is all set to change.

XDA Senior Member cstark27 has released a beta version of the Google Camera HDR+ port with support for the LG G5, LG G6, LG V20, and the LG v30’s wide angle camera. It requires the wide angle lens to be reported through the Camera2 API, the full list which you can find a somewhat up to date list here. If you have the above devices, you can head over to the source link to download the beta version of the Google Camera HDR+ port with support for wide angle lens and give it a spin.

Has the app improved image quality on your LG devices? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: XDA developers

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