[UPDATE]Google Camera Port with “Portrait Mode” Now Works on Some Samsung Devices

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The Google Pixel 2 XL’s camera module is arguably one of the best in the market, dwarfed only by the likes of the Galaxy S8, Note 8 and the iPhone X. Other than the hardware, the camera app that comes with the Google Pixel 2 XL is a marvel in itself, as it brings features like Google’s HDR Plus mode, which allows for better dynamic range, resulting in clearer, sharper images.

The crown jewel of the app, however, is its Portrait Mode. The Portrait Mode applies background blur to the captured images, giving them a professional, DSLR-esque feel. It is, for the moment, available only in the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, but the original Google Pixel is set to receive it officially in some time. Unofficial, user-generated variants of the app for the Google Pixel exist and can be found online.

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Samsung Galaxy S7, S8 and Note 8 Can Now Run the Google Camera App

Thanks to the active modding community on forums such as XDA Developers, we now have a functional version of the Google Camera App. For now, it runs only on the Exynos variant of the Galaxy Note 8, but we can expect a version for the Snapdragon variant soon. Another factor to bear in mind before attempting to install the app is that it’ll only work on devices compatible with Camera2 API. All modern Samsung phones have it, so no worries there. You can find a somewhat complete list of compatible devices here.

To get the app running on your device, you need to download the APK from here, where you will also find more detailed instructions. Credits to miniuser123 for this one. Once installed, you need to navigate to the settings and change the following parameters:

  • Model: Nexus 6
  • Portrait mode on all models: on
  • camera.af.debug.show: off
  • camera.faceboxes: on

Some of the other perks that come with it include the ability to capture RAW photos and compressed photos simultaneously, zero shutter lag (ZSL), and 4K video recording (if your phone’s hardware supports it). For now, the app only works for the rear camera, and it’s unclear when front camera support will be added. The app is far from perfect, and the results can vary, with some users reporting noisy images when the portrait mode is enabled.

Will you install the Google Camera app on your Samsung devices? If yes, let us know about your experience in the comments below.

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UPDATE: 01/17/2017: Works with the front camera now

An update posted on the same thread allows the use of the front camera. You have to reinstall the new .apk from the link in the thread and make the following changes in the settings once the app is installed

  • B-S-G Settings:
  • Model: Pixel XL
  • Config Camera HDR+: Nexus 6 HDR+ Auto
  • HDR+ Parameters: Default
  • Portrait Mode on all models: ON
  • Developer Settings:
  • camera.faceboxes: ON
  • camera.af.debug/show: OFF

The app previously only worked with the rear camera. With the new version, you can now get Pixel 2 like depth-of-field effects in your selfies too!

Source: XDA developers

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