According to XDA Developers, older Pixel owners might not need to upgrade their devices to get one of the Pixel 4’s coolest new features. A modified Google Camera version 7.2 brings the Astrophotography mode as well as the Super Res Zoom feature to previous Pixel devices.
The modified APK was tested on a Pixel 2, but the app should be universally compatible across the entire Pixel line. Users will also get focus options in Night Sight, enhanced Portrait Mode, a selfie auto timer feature, and more.
Google Camera ports are typically developed for Pixel devices before other Android handsets. This latest Google Camera 7.2 port is no different. The APK will only work on Pixel devices, but XDA says the port could be available for your device soon, though there are no guarantees.
Are you still not convinced about Astro mode’s capabilities? Check out our original quality Google Drive photos here.
If you have a Pixel device and you want to get Astro mode and these other new features on your device, you can download the ported APK from XDA’s forums. If an updated camera app isn’t enough to satiate your hunger for the latest and greatest, you can pick up a brand new Pixel 4 from the Google Store today.