Google Camera Port with Portrait Mode now works on Samsung Galaxy S7, S8, and Note 8 (Exynos)

Google Camera Port with Portrait Mode now works on Samsung Galaxy S7, S8, and Note 8 (Exynos)

Popular ports of the Pixel 2’s Google Camera bring Google’s post-processing technologies to a wide range of high-end devices. It took a few iterations, but the most recent releases support lens blur, bokeh adjustment, and high-resolution video recording modes on phones such as the OnePlus 3, the Samsung Galaxy S8, and the LG V30.

This week, XDA Senior Member miniuser123 fixed a niggling issue with Exynos-based devices: Portrait mode. His modified Google Camera app gets portrait mode — the camera effect that blurs out your selfie’s background and brings your face into focus — to smartphones with Samsung’s in-house Exynos processors, which include the international editions of the Galaxy S7, S8, and Note 8. With the app installed and a few tweaks applied in the Settings menu, it’s seamless — albeit a bit slower than devices with Qualcomm Snapdragon system-on-chips. And for now, it only works on the rear-facing camera.


Here’s how to get it up and running: Once you’ve installed miniuser123’s Google Camera APK, apply this configuration in the Settings menu:

Model: Nexus 6

Portrait mode on all models: on off

camera.faceboxes: on

Once you’ve done that, portrait mode and HDR+ should be a lot less prone to crashing on your Exynos-based smartphone. (Note that your handset has to support the Camera2 API, which not all do.)

Portrait mode’s just scratching the surface of the Google Camera port’s capabilities, of course. You’ll also enjoy the ability to capture RAW photos and compressed photos simultaneously, zero shutter lag (ZSL), and 4K video recording (if your phone’s hardware supports it).

Check out the full list of instructions at the source link.

Source: XDA Forums

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