A developer recently ported the Google Camera app, with HDR+ support, to a number of non-Google devices. And today, it's snagged a second update.

B-S-G from the XDA developer forums published this port a month ago to XDA, and since then it has received a single update, which brought support for Zero Sutter Lag, the OnePlus 3/3T and more Snapdragon 820 devices. This update, however, is much more exciting. It packs:

  • RAW image support (allowing you to edit various photo parameters after the fact)
  • Support for full HDR+ customisation and the selection of processing modes (previously different processing algorithms were packaged in separate APK files, however now they can be chosen and configured in-app. Please note that not all combinations will work and many will cause the app to crash.)
  • Huge improvements in application stability and speed.
    This port utilises the Hexagon 680 DSP on Snapdragon SoCs for image processing, which is why it doesn't work on devices with other SoCs- such as the Samsung Galaxy flagships in Europe which have Exynos SoCs, Huawei devices with Kirin SoCs, et al.

The installation method is as straightforward as it gets – you download the APK from here. It is worth noting for existing users of this app that due to changes in how processing settings are stored, you will need to clear your application data when upgrading from previous versions. Furthermore, this app only works with devices that

  1. Have Snapdragon SoCs
  2. Support the Camera2 API

This means that some devices, such as the ZTE Axon 7 and the majority of Android devices pre-2015 will not support this app, due to lack of Camera2 API support. Alternatively, a number of sources have confirmed that the majority of current generation flagship devices such as the LG G6, Samsung Galaxy S8 (Snapdragon), OnePlus 5 and the Essential Phone function perfectly with the app. Notably, the app improves the quality of photos taken with the Essential Phone considerably, so if you're one of the few Essential Phone users you should seriously consider grabbing this app. (read: get the app)

Additionally, for users with Snapdragon 820 and Snapdragon 821-based devices, another developer, Ivanich, has created a fork of this release with further optimisation for said devices and some additional improvements and fixes, such as. You can snag that here.

All things considered, this port is nearing the point of feature completion and the standard of stability necessary for it to be more than just a buggy test app that you keep alongside your daily driver camera application, which is very impressive for a third-party developer port. We'll definitely be testing it out over the next few days to see if it lives up to the hype.

So what do you guys think? Are you interested in this app? Do you think you'll be installing it on any of your devices? Are you excited to see the improvements this may offer for your device? Drop a comment below with your thoughts, or post in the forums if you need some support or to post camera samples!

via XDA Developers