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Google Camera with HDR+ added can be sideloaded on many 2016-17 Android models

Google Camera with HDR+ added can be sideloaded on many 2016-17 Android models
The camera found on the Google Pixel impressed us when we reviewed the phone last year. The software used by the Pixel in the processing of photographs is obviously doing a fabulous job, thanks to the HDR+ feature. Now, an app developer named B-S-G has posted a modification to Google Camera that delivers the HDR+ technology to any Android handset running the Snapdragon 820, Snapdragon 821 and the Snapdragon 835 chipsets. XDA tried it out with several phones such as the LG G6 , OnePlus 3, OnePlus 3T, OnePlus 5, and the Samsung Galaxy S8.

The bottom line? The software provided definite improvements in the processing of photographs shot with these handsets. XDA's theory, after finding references to "PixelXL2" in the code, is that the modifications trick the app into thinking that it is running on a sequel to the Pixel.

Install Google Camera with HDR+ added through the use of this APK file from XDA. Simply click on this link.

And if you want to see how adding HDR+ can improve your photos, click on the slideshow below. You will find alternating images taken by the camera on the OnePlus 3. The first picture in each series uses the regular default software that the phone shipped with. The second image in the series shows how the Google Camera app with HDR+ makes a photo look brighter and clearer.


source: XDA

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posted on 13 Aug 2017, 15:11

1. androiduser (Posts: 285; Member since: 18 Jun 2014)


The detail isn't good compared to my u11's camera app

posted on 13 Aug 2017, 15:49

2. JasontheVeteran (Posts: 39; Member since: 05 Jun 2017)


Nope. Only for anyone who runs ARM64.. Other than that it won't work!

posted on 13 Aug 2017, 16:22 6

5. vincelongman (Posts: 5118; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Basically all new phones are ARM64 now days

More importantly you need a Qualcomm SoC, preferably 820-835 but has been reported to work on 625 too
So it won't work on Exynos or Hisense SoC phones

posted on 14 Aug 2017, 03:20

12. nk950357 (Posts: 3; Member since: 13 Jul 2017)


Tested in my Zenfone 3 which features Snapdragon 625.Only works in good light condition,when the light is a little bit darker,it will keep FC.

posted on 13 Aug 2017, 15:57

3. trojan_horse (Posts: 5325; Member since: 06 May 2016)


I despise the Google Camera UI. It's literally the worst I've ever seen.

posted on 13 Aug 2017, 16:10 1

4. Furkan (Posts: 140; Member since: 25 Feb 2017)


Works on G5 but worse

posted on 13 Aug 2017, 16:38 2

6. Manny0122 (Posts: 14; Member since: 16 Jan 2017)


My snapdragon 425 is ready!!

posted on 13 Aug 2017, 17:13 1

7. B3NN377 (Posts: 21; Member since: 20 Jun 2017)


Why does everyone jock the google camera? The pixel IS NOT the best camera phone. It does good but people automatically think because its "google" its the best. The s7, s8, u11 and g6 are better in many metrics. I downloaded this and its not even as good as the camera app built into the g6. Pixel would have been DOA from anybody other than google. Android is in long term trouble now that an advertiser (google) got into telecommunications hardware and started competing directly against their partners.

posted on 14 Aug 2017, 01:04 1

11. vincelongman (Posts: 5118; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


That's not surprising
NO camera is the best in every metric
The Pixel still has the best dynamic range and is on par with the S8 at low light, which is amazing given its age

Don't expect it to well work for many other phones
Its ported by someone with a MI5S, which is the IMX377 similar to the Pixel's IMX378, same as the 6P/5X
Its very different to the G6's sensor
The G6 has smaller sensor and relies on longer shutter speeds
HDR+ uses shorter shutter speeds given the Pixel has a larger sensor and lacks OIS

posted on 13 Aug 2017, 19:59 1

8. JcHnd (Posts: 191; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Can't Install on Moto Z Play with Android 7.1.1 "Not Compatible"

posted on 13 Aug 2017, 23:16

9. jaadaramu (Posts: 9; Member since: 17 Jan 2017)


doesn't work on the S7 Edge.

posted on 13 Aug 2017, 23:53

10. izeKK (Posts: 7; Member since: 08 Apr 2016)


On HTC 10 the image coming out of this app is pixelated, less detailed, less colorful and less eye-pleasing than from the native app. Tad brighter, but it looks like ISO has been bumped to insane ammounts rather than some magic software taking action. Big nope.

posted on 14 Aug 2017, 03:51

13. Borh77 (Posts: 9; Member since: 25 Oct 2012)


Tried with my HTC U11 and it works very nice. Especially at night, it fixes the overexposure problem.

posted on 15 Aug 2017, 06:45

14. BAYmustafa (Posts: 11; Member since: 13 Jul 2015)


Tried it. Samsung camera is better

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