Android 4.2 Photo Sphere panorama feature now available to Galaxy Nexus owners

by: Chris SmithNovember 3, 2012

You can’t wait for Android 4.2 Jelly Bean to be released, can you? That probably goes double for Nexus devices owners – we’re thinking that November 13, or thereabouts, is when we’ll see the latest Android version hit some of the Nexus devices out there, including the Nexus 7, Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S.

But while you wait, you may be interested to hear that there are various Android 4.2 features that can be already taken advantage of on existing smartphones and tablets. We have recently showed you that you can get the new Gesture Typing keyboard app in Android 4.2 and now we’re going to tell you that the new camera app, Photo Sphere panorama picture mode included, is also available.

Unfortunately the feature is only available to Galaxy Nexus device owners, at least for now, courtesy of xda-developers. Senior member garner has found a way to install the new camera APK on rooted Galaxy Nexus handsets, so if you’re comfortable with such procedures you can already give it a try.

Clayton gave it a test run on an S3 and it worked great! Check out the video below.


Naturally we’d never advise you to proceed with such custom jobs, and we’ll remind you that you’ll the only person responsible for whatever happens with your device when rooting and/or installing unofficial software. That said, have you already tried the Photo Sphere feature on the Galaxy Nexus, or a Galaxy S3, perhaps? Let us know what you think!

  • Got it installed on my S3, and WOW! Alot better, easier to access settings for flash etc. when having a large screen. Great Google!

  • Got it running on my SGS3 as well. Here are a photosphere from my part of the world :),10.737702&cbll=59.907214,10.737702&t=m&layer=c&panoid=L5-fos1P-ncAAAAAAAAC_Q&cbp=12,,,,&z=16


    Pretty cool, but dont know how often ill use it. Galaxy Nexus. Video at johnsandroidHD youtube channel

  • jorgito

    ThE camera works great with my sg3 but it has some bugs when i tried to use the 3d or try to upload it in maps

  • Scorpineo

    Does this Camera break the Picasa sync on the Gallery app? If so, that is big time fail blog.

  • Tori

    How do I get the camera on my galaxy nexus to do the photo sphere thing…. I’m kinda slow when it comes to technology…please help