When Google launched the Pixel 4a 5G and the Pixel 5 smartphones last year, it included an advanced camera app with features such as Cinematic Pan and an updated user interface (UI) among others to these phones.
Soon after, Google brought these features to its older Pixel phones. Now, developers have released a modded version of Google’s camera app that brings all these features to non-Pixel smartphones.
According to a report by XDA Developers, a developer who goes by the name Urnyx05 has released Google Camera app version 8.1.008. This version gives Android users, who are not using a Pixel smartphone, the access to all the features that are a part of the official release.
This means that users who download this version of the app not only get access to features cinematic pan and an updated UI, as mentioned before, they also get access to the new Storage Saver mode and quick zoom toggle among other things.
But that’s not it. The report highlights a bunch of improvements that come along with these features. The list includes Color Transform feature to fix saturation on devices with dull colours, an option to disable tracking focus, an option to disable motion photos, buttons in the drop-down menu to enable or disable AWB, an option to choose between Pixel 2, Pixel 3, IMX586 and IMX686 AWB, an option to disable Synthetic Fill Flash and an option to disable auto night sight on portrait and photo. In addition to this, the update also brings improved colours on Mi Note 10.
But there’s a catch. While this update has been designed to work on most Android, both Pixel and non-Pixel, phones, the report cautions that the Google Camera 8.1 mod may not work on some Samsung and OnePlus phones. It also may not work on some Qualcomm Snapdragon 845-powered smartphones.
The report doesn’t give a list that specifies exactly which smartphones it doesn’t support. So if you download the update and you don’t see any change in your phone’s camera app, you know what to think.