Google Pixel HDR+ camera now compatible with other recent Android smartphones

A Ukrainian developer has figured a way to port the Pixel camera software to devices running Snapdragon 820/821 or the latest Snapdragon 835 processor

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Highlights

    • Google Pixel HDR+ is now compatible on Snapdragon 820/821/835 running devices
    • The app is said to be safe
    • Google has pushed a new update to Camera app

Google’s Pixel smartphones are best known for its camera. The Search giant blended a combination of hardware and software for incredible photography experience.

While much of the fabulous upshot is said to come from the software, it is basically the algorithm that Google developed which makes the camera to shoot in HDR+ mode at any point of time. The imaging prowess makes these smartphones all the more premium (of course there are other important aspects) but for that, you need to pay a premium price as well.

But apparently, a Ukrainian developer has figured a way to port the Pixel software to devices running Snapdragon 820 or 821 or the latest Snapdragon 835 processor. The developer named B-S-G shared a modified version of the Google Camera app to enable HDR+ feature. The app, v4.4.012.156195200 was pulled from the third Android O Developer Preview.

Meanwhile, XDA writer Adam Conway says that he tested the revised app on several smartphones like- the Samsung Galaxy S8, LG G6, OnePlus 5, OnePlus 3 and the 3T. The writer confirms that the application work on the aforementioned devices. Notably, XDA Developers independently looked at the code to check if it contains anything malicious and proclaimed that it is safe to install. During the process, they found references to Muskie, the alleged codename for Pixel XL2, which led to suspicion that the modifications are tricking the app and making it believe that it is running on the Google Pixel’s successor.

While this sounds interesting, XDA notes that the app is in beta stage and it might not deliver impressive HDR+ processing. Separately, Google has rolled out a new update to the Google camera app that will let users capture selfies with flash. The Selfie Flash when turned on, the camera app turns the display into off-white colour thereby providing a soft flash to capture better shots in low light.