Google Camera v4.2 from the Pixel System Dump is now Available for Nexus (7.0+) devices
(06:15PM CST) Update: We’ve learned that this port only works on ARM64 devices. Sorry Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 owners!
With the Pixel phones soon to be shipped out to users with pre-orders (or if you’re with Telstra, you might have already gotten the device), we won’t have to wait very long for developers to port the new Pixel features to other phones. Thanks to the work of some crafty users on our forums, we’ve already gotten a taste of Google’s “Pixel exclusive” Assistant on other phones. Many other updated apps that are set to be launched with the new Pixel devices have already been leaked thanks to @LlabTooFer’s dump of the Pixel/Pixel XL system image. One app in the dump that has not yet been ported to Nougat devices is the updated Google Camera app, version 4.2. This is because the app requires devices to be running on the latest version of Android Nougat, version 7.1, which the Pixel ships with and other Nexus devices will receive in the near future. But if you don’t want to wait to try out the latest version of the Google Camera app, then we’ve gone ahead and ported the app to work on Android 7.0 devices. We’ve confirmed that this runs on the Google Nexus 5X and Google Nexus 6P so far.
Keep in mind since this is a modified version of the Google Camera app, this will not install on top of your already existing camera app. In addition, the Google Camera app still won’t work on non-Nexus devices, so don’t bother trying to install this on your device running unofficial Nougat. Finally, this mod doesn’t require you to change your build.prop file in any way, which can cause other apps from the Pixel system dump to break. Besides modifying the APK to force the app to run on 7.0, we have not changed the camera app in any other way. We’ve uploaded a security scan report for the APK to VirusTotal and NVISO’s APKScan to assure you that the app is clean, as we’ve had to remove a thread on our forums regarding a Google Camera v4.2 port out of users’ concerns that the app was malicious. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, here are a few screenshots of the app:
As you can see, all of the latest enhancements to the Google Camera app seem to be present. Most importantly, you’ve got the long-press to lock the exposure/focus, manual exposure, and new UI grid options. Give the app a spin and let us know what you think below!