What is Google Camera (GCam) And How To Install It On Android Devices?

Many of you have heard about the GCam which is also said to be Google Camera. Here, in this article let us discuss what is Google Camera and how do one can install it in their Android devices. Now, first lets us discuss actually what is Google Camera.




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What Is Google Camera (GCam)?

So, Google Camera is a camera application which is developed by Google for Android. It is supported on Google’s Nexus and Pixel devices. Initially, it is supported on all the devices which run on Android 4.4 KitKat and higher. But, now it is officially limited to Google Nexus and Pixel devices. A modified version of Google Camera is available for the device that comes equipped with either a Snapdragon 820, 821 or 835 processor.

It comes with a variety of functions such as Slow Motion, Panorama, Photo Sphere, Portrait, AR stickers, which helps it’s users to take different types of pictures or video. Now, we will discuss the various functions of GCam in brief.




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  • Slow Motion: GCam offers the Slow Motion mode which helps the users to capture the slow-motion video in either 120 or 240 frames per second.
  • Panorama: It supports the four types of a panoramic photo in it – Horizontal, Vertical, Wide-angle and Fisheye.
  • Photo Sphere: Here, one can create a 360-degree panorama photo which can be embedded in a web page with custom HTML code or can be uploaded to various Google Services.
  • Portrait: By the help of this function, one can take a selfie or portraits with a Bokeh effect which can be achieved by using Machine Learning. A new face retouching feature has been recently added which removes the blemishes and other imperfections of the skin.
  • AR stickers: By the use of ARCore platform, one can drop augmented reality objects which are called ‘stickers’ in the image or video.

Steps To Install Google Camera (GCam) on Android Devices

For using this Google Camera in one’s android devices one must need an Android Smartphone with Snapdragon SoCs (2014 or later), the Android 7.0 Nougat or latest, the root access, Camera2 API enabled and GCam. It should be noted that the Camera2 API is already enabled on Custom ROMs like LineageOS and AEX.

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Now, here lets us discuss how one can install GCam on the Android devices.




Firstly, one need to root their device (Magisk Manager is recommended) and then you need to download the Root Explorer. In the Root Explorer, you need to edit the Build.prop and add the given line

persist.camera.HAL3.enabled=1

(or, one can use the Magisk Module)

Then, the next thing you need to do is that you have to install the GCam or Google Camera APK. The Arnova8G2 and B-S-G GCam port work perfectly on most of the phones.

Google Camera (Gcam) comes with a variety of features which one can activate in their Settings Page. You can also activate the features on the top of the rows of icons at the top of the app. AS the Google Camera app offers you with a variety of features such as HDR+, Motion, Video Stabilization, Smart burst and Image Location. The various features which are available in the GCam have been described below.




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  • HDR+: High-dynamic-range (HDR) imaging increases the dynamic range of the image and the color of the image is improved at the expense of being less effective. A new HDR+ enhanced mode is also available which uses the traditional HDR method but is more effective.
  • Motion: By using this feature, one can pair up their original photo with a short, silent, video clip of relatively low resolution.
  • Video Stabilization: For a smoother video one can use the Fused Video Stabilization which combines Optical Image Stabilization and Electronic/Digital Video Stabilization.
  • Smartburst: Using this one can capture up to 10 shots per second by holding the shutter button below, different creations such as Moving GIFs, All-Smile and Collage can be created by this.
  • Image Location: One can add their location information obtained via GPS and/or Google’s location services.

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