30 January 2018
Google's Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones are capable of clicking portrait shots like many other modern-age smartphones out there. The only major difference between them and the competition is that they offer amazing results without even having a dual camera setup. Google made it possible with the help of its algorithms which allowed it to deliver best possible results with no dedicated hardware at disposal. And if you were wondering what if you could make use of same algorithms, you can do that now.
A senior member at XDA Developers who goes by the username miniuser123 has finally released a ported version of the Pixel 2 camera app. It is simply the Google Camera app's latest version which features support for portrait mode. It is reported that the port was under works for quite some time but was not working Exynos-powered smartphones. The developer has finally managed to fix the issue and it can now be used on devices with Exynos processor.
As for using the ported app, the first step is obviously to download the APK and install it on your device. Once you are done with that, you need to make a few changes to the app settings. First, you need to visit app settings and choose Nexus 6 as your phone's model from within the B-S-G Mod Settings followed by enabling Portrait Mode on all models. The next step is to visit Developer settings within the app settings and disable camera.af.debug.show as well as enable camera.faceboxes. After all these steps, you are good to go and can start using the app on your device.
It is worth mentioning that the app performance is a bit slower which is an expected behavior considering that it is a port. The app is also found to be saving Portrait mode photos in the burst mode. It means you will get two photos, one with the blurred background and one without it. If you are okay with all these situations, click the source link below to download the app.
- The Google Pixel 2 is available at Amazon for $ 690.
- The Google Pixel 2 XL is available at Amazon for $ 829.