MIUI China 8.11.8 brings better Google Camera support to the Mix 2S, Mi 8
The Google Camera application is one of the best third-party camera applications you can get, largely in thanks to the fact that it does the majority of the heavy lifting when it comes to the camera on the Google Pixel line of devices. While Google pairs great hardware with great software, developers figured out over a year ago now how to port that software to other devices. There’s one caveat though: it doesn’t work on every device. If a device doesn’t have a properly configured Camera2 API, for example, it doesn’t work. Sometimes, missing libraries also make it the case that it just doesn’t work. There are a lot of reasons why it might not, and both the Xiaomi Mix 2S and Xiaomi Mi 8 were amongst those devices that simply didn’t support it. That’s no longer the case though, thanks to MIUI China 8.11.8.
MIUI China 8.11.8 released for the Xiaomi Mix 2S and the Xiaomi Mi 8 just last week (in closed beta fashion), and it brought the Mi Mix 3’s Night Scene photo feature from the Mix 3 to the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S and the Xiaomi Mi 8. That’s not all though, as people quickly began to find out that in actuality, MIUI China 8.11.8 also brings fully native support for the Google Camera. It used to work, but not all that well. It would crash and lag, with features such as Night Sight being entirely broken. That’s no longer the case, and the entire application now works without a hitch (so long as you’re using the latest version, that is).
Google’s Night Sight mode is truly magic and has inspired multiple other device OEMs to include something similar on their devices. You can check out Google’s Night Sight mode (which is now officially out) on the Google Pixel 3 in our dedicated article. You need to be on the latest version of MIUI China for the app to work, as it won’t work on older versions. Even still, it’s exciting as when the Global version is rolled out you’ll be able to use the Google Camera to its full capabilities – without root, as well. If you’re on MIUI China 8.11.8, you can download a compatible version of Google Camera that works on the Mix 2S and the Mi 8 below.