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



1. androiduser

Posts: 514; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

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

2. JasontheVeteran

Posts: 51; Member since: Jun 05, 2017

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

5. vincelongman

Posts: 5755; Member since: Feb 10, 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

12. nk950357

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 13, 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.

3. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

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

4. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

Works on G5 but worse

6. Manny0122

Posts: 32; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

My snapdragon 425 is ready!!

7. B3NN377

Posts: 24; Member since: Jun 20, 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.

11. vincelongman

Posts: 5755; Member since: Feb 10, 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

8. JcHnd

Posts: 285; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

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

9. jaadaramu

Posts: 10; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

doesn't work on the S7 Edge.

10. izeKK

Posts: 9; Member since: Apr 08, 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.

13. Borh77

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 25, 2012

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

14. BAYmustafa

Posts: 13; Member since: Jul 13, 2015

Tried it. Samsung camera is better

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