For those of us not lucky enough to have one of the new Pixel devices on pre-order, you can still enjoy some of the software benefits the device brings.
Developers have already been able to extract the new Google Assistant from the Pixel that was included as an exclusive to the new devices. Now, thanks to the Pixel and Pixel XL system images and some clever under-the-hood stuff, the Google Camera app version 4.2 has now been ported to Nougat devices. The device requires the latest version of Android Nougat 7.0 and only works on ARM64 devices, so only Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P owners will be able to benefit from it.
The new Google Camera app won’t install over the existing one and it’s worth pointing out it won’t work on non-Nexus devices.
The modified Google Camera app version 4.2 comes courtesy of XDA Developers and they have confirmed that the only thing changed in the APK is forcing it to run on 7.0. They’ve also uploaded a security scan from VirusTotal and NVISO’s APKScan to confirm it’s safe.
It seems everything works as expected as if you were running it on a Pixel, and you’ll notice the manual exposure, and long-press to lock the exposure is also present.
Leave us a comment below if you’ve loaded the APK onto your device and let us know what you think of it.