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Your phone can have a camera like the Pixel 2, here’s how

The Pixel 2, winner of our smartphone camera world cup, is generally considered to take the best photos in the Android world. This is largely thanks to great software optimization from Google. But did you know that your phone can also benefit from this? Google Camera with HDR+ can now be sideloaded onto a range of smartphones, including those from Samsung, HTC, OnePlus and more!

The camera on the Pixel phones is an impressive piece of work, and the hardware’s performance is further augmented by well-programmed software when it comes to processing captured photos, courtesy of the HDR+ feature. Because these benefits are software based, the Google camera app can be modded and duplicated by tech-savvy fans and ported to other phones. Last year, app developer B-S-G poked around Google Camera and performed some modifications to get it to work on other devices. Now, other developers have continued this work to expand the list of devices that can benefit from Google’s camera magic. 

Devices like the LG G6, LG G7 ThinQ, OnePlus 3, OnePlus 6, OnePlus 5, and the Samsung Galaxy S9 (and S9+) can all run Google Camera with HDR+ and experience better processing for photos. There are even specialized ports to take advantage of the wide-angle lens on LG devices.

Get Google Camera app on your phone:

Check the list here on XDA Developers to see if a stable Google Camera mod is available for your phone

Download the APK and sideload it to your phone

Make sure ‘Allow installation from unknown sources’ is enabled in your security settings

Install the app

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Google Camera app in action / © NextPit

What is sideloading?

Sideloading is the process of installing an application without having to go through the Android Market. It is as simple as downloading apps onto your Android device, before running a file manager app (or its equivalent) to locate the app file and “click” to run the app installer program. Do take note that these apps will not be associated with your Google Play Store account, but that is just a minor detail. The installed app will appear in your app drawer.


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