Google Camera is a neat photography app that can help produce some great pictures, but support for it is disappointingly restricted to Google’s Pixel and Nexus devices right now. However, thanks to an independent developer with the handle B-S-G, a modified version of the app can now be installed on a number of other recent Android handsets.
The customized app, a variant of Google Camera v4.4.012.156195200, is said to work with Snapdragon 820, 821 and 835-based Android handsets. That means Android users with phones like the Galaxy S8, OnePlus 5 and LG G6 (all of which XDA, which picked up the story, has confirmed to be working) can now make use of the Google Camera’s impressive HDR+ mode.
Check out what this looks like on the OnePlus 3 in the stills from XDA below (the Google Camera with HDR+ enabled picture is on the right).
The above image shows how the exposure could be automatically improved thanks to Google’s HDR+ mode, but there are likely to be more other, more nuanced differences, in shots taken with good outdoor visibility.
The app’s compatibility may vary for any number of reasons — it might not be good to go on all Snapdragon 810 devices, for example — and, though XDA has given it the OK with regards to potentially malicious code, you’d be installing it at your own risk. Still, if you’re looking for a simple way to try and get some more impressive snaps (like the one below, taken on the OnePlus 3) out of your handset, this could be one solution.
Download the APK file over at APK Mirror here.