The Google Camera application is that “magic wand” that allows the Google Pixel series smartphones to be in the top of devices for mobile photography even with one or two sensors. Google developers have managed to create algorithms that almost eliminate the disadvantages of mobile sensors.
And although the “Camera” is initially inaccessible to smartphones of other manufacturers, through the efforts of a community of independent developers, the owner of almost any Android smartphone can come close to the quality of photos on Google Pixel. The last major version of Google Cameras at the time of writing was 7.3. She introduced the Do Not
Disturb mode to the application, which prevents the smartphone from vibrating when recording video, minor rearrangements in the menu and a hint of the imminent appearance of the shooting function in a cinematic format of 24 frames per second. Surely there are changes under the hood.
Where to look for google camera mods?
Of course, you can shovel forums of foreign XDA Developers and domestic w3bsit3-dns.com. But there is a simpler option – a site with the latest builds of mods, universally recognized by the Google Cameras user community, created by a man named Chelzo Azevedo.
On it you can find all or almost all existing modifications of the application. The latest mods from dozens of developers, some of which specialize in optimizing the Camera for specific smartphone models, are available on this page.
How to choose the right one?
The easiest way is to go to the Suggested Versions section. It contains the most stable builds from trusted developers who are more likely to work on almost any Android smartphone.
But sometimes it will be necessary to sort through several versions in order to find the most suitable option. In the general list, Suggested Versions are also highlighted in red. You can find a modification specially optimized for a specific model on this page using the search (Ctrl + F in the desktop browser). Here, almost every developer indicates the devices on which he specializes. You can immediately contact the author or send him a thank you in the form of a donate.
How to install?
Just like a regular application. The site offers direct download of the APK-file, when you try to install it, Android 8.0+ will ask for permission to install programs from unknown sources. If we are talking about the latest version of “Google Cameras” 7.3, released at the end of January, then while its stable mods are not so many, Suggested Versions are not at all. It is worth paying attention to the assembly GCam_7.3.018_Urnyx05-v1.3 from the developer Urnyx05. It actively fixes bugs for several smartphone models at once, moreover, if the original “Camera” 7.3 only works on Android 10, Urnyx05 expanded support to Android 9+.
The works of the Russian developer Parrot043 are also popular. The functioning of his mod MGC_7.3.018_Parrot043-v1.apk is already quite stable and confirmed on a fairly long list of devices, including the latest flagships OnePlus, Redmi Note 8, Pocophone F1, Mi 9T and 9T Pro.
Typically, modders are not limited to optimizing the “Camera” for third-party devices and expand the basic functionality of the application. For example, Urnyx05 boasts the ability to activate additional smartphone sensors (if any) and force astrophotography, and the advanced settings of the Parrot043 product do not fit into five screens.
Parameters MGC_7.3.018_Parrot043-v1.apk But we must remember that not all of these chips work stably on a full list of smartphones.
Some other mods offer the installation of configuration files for copying photo-processing algorithms from the latest Google Pixel, or, on the contrary, optimization for image sensors installed in a particular smartphone. Information on support for config files and links to download them can also be found on the website of Chelzo Azevedo.
What are the results?
Just a few photos to compare. In the test, OnePlus 7 was used on the stock OxygenOS Open Beta 10 (Android 10) with pre-installed Oxygen Camera and with GCam_7.3.018_Urnyx05-v1.3. GCam_7.3.018_Urnyx05-v1.3Oxygen Camera As they say, comments are superfluous.