It’s pretty widely accepted that some of the best smartphone cameras around are in Pixel handsets, and part of that is the great Google Camera app. There have been lots of ports of that app, bringing it to many different Snapdragon smartphones.
That’s been great because the hugely impressive HDR+ feature works just fine on those non-Pixel devices, but there’s been a snag of late thanks to the fact that the ports caused the Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, and Galaxy Note 9 to all restart of their own accords. That’s just no good, but thankfully a fix is now available in the form of an updated port of the Google Camera app.
The good news is that, yes, the HDR+ mode continues to work without issue and it still kicks out some truly awesome photographs. If you’ve been lusting after the images the Pixel phones can take, this should get you at least part way there without you having to rush out and buy a new handset. Of course, with the Pixel 3 around the corner, you might want to do that anyway!
The bad news, however, is that while HDR+ works just fine, the Pixel’s Portrait Mode does not. The theory, according to the developers behind these ports, is that this should be something they can work on once the Pixel 3 releases later this month. Fingers crossed on that front because that would be brilliant.
There are two versions of the port available for download – one is for Snapdragon versions of Samsung’s latest phones and the other is for the Exynos variants. Make sure you get the correct one and most importantly, happy snapping!
(Download: Google Camera APK for Snapdragon Galaxy S9, S9+, Note 9)
(Download: Google Camera APK for Exynos Galaxy S9, S9+, Note 9)
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