The Focal camera app has been in the news for all of the wrong reasons lately, after being excluded from CyanogenMod after disagreements between its creator and the Cyanogen team over the commercialisation of Cyanogen. Luckily it’s now been made available in the Google Play Store for everyone to enjoy, albeit in the form of a beta product.
The Focal camera app is by far the most comprehensive camera app on the Google Play Store, allowing the user to change the ISO, exposure, adjust the color and more. There’s also a plethora of camera modes with the regular single shooting mode, panorama, burst shot mode and a mode that is similar to Photosphere called PicSphere.
The side bar is brought up by a swipe from the left and allows you to pin settings so that they’re readily available. Remember that this is still a beta product, and as such there are a variety of issues including a rather big one that is present on my Nexus 4. The orientation of the pictures taken by the Focal app are incorrect and the app is a little sluggish overall, which is to be expected in a beta app.
However, if you’re looking for a replacement for your own camera app which is more in line with the Holo guidelines and offers heaps of settings for you to tinker with, hit the source link below to get started.
Do you like the Focal app? Do you prefer it over the camera app your phone came with? You should also see our best camera apps for Android list.
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The focal app seemed pretty nice at first but then the sluggishness is killing it. The mentioned orientation is also a big turn off.Overall a good one. Waiting for an update. :)
tried it on my s4 and s2 and both were very buggy and it completely crashed my s4 needing the battery pulling , it promising but needs a lot of work
it is 4.2+,is your s2 4.2 or higher?
He even said it was buggy on his s4. It definitely got 4.2 or higher.
Works fine on the S3
Really? Mine crashes every 5 seconds. Uninstalled already. I know Beta but still. Looks promising though even if only for the 120fps video setting I barely got to before crashing.
Requires 4.2.x to run it
No, it doesn’t.
..works pretty well on 4.1.2 VZW note 2 here; it did crash once, after returning from gallery, and burst mode was a little slow though (regular shots were faster than stock cam app).
Working on 4.1.2 for me
Very bad I get extremely dark photos in my nexus 4 if the bugs can be fixed this will be great.
Just updated to newer version and still works like Sh#$#
Not available for my device, what are the requirements?
But Xplod is still in CM team, right? He has been the savior of many Samsung devices :O
are you in the US? at least this current gen is snapdragon 600/800.
what i was saying is, if you were in the US, you would at least get a snapdragon 600 or 800 if you were buying current gen samsung gear; which is easier for ROM makers than samsungs own Exynos processors.
Oh I didn’t get what you were saying because that didn’t have almost anything to do with what I was talking about :)
Yes it did lol, cm development on Samsung devices:)
Does work on my Evo 4g LTE 4.1.1 A lil buggy and it has crashed a couple times, but everything seems to function. I like th UI but there is definately work to be done!
Installed. Crashed. Phone fried.
Sent from my Toaster.
well, +1 it ran okay on my Asus MeMo Smart 10. -1 for the orientation problem. I didn’t see some of the options mentioned but I removed it fairly quickly rather than deal with the orientation issue. Didn’t seem to be a game changer compared to the Asus stock camera or Camera360 or Pixlr Express…or the half dozen other ones I’ve tried and tossed.
It does not have the ONLY feature I want, which ONLY exists on Samsung… the video picture-in-picture… fantastic for home movies.