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Google testing HDR mode for Camera Go app on Android Go phones

15 April 2020 0

Google Camera Go app launched for entry-level phones back in March 2020 may receive any interesting feature in the near future. As seen by the folks over at XDA Developers, the Camera Go app may soon receive HDR capabilities that would drastically improve the details of the photos.


While digging into the APK of the app, the site discovered references to a “detail enhance” option that’s actually an HDR mode. The description further defines what the feature would do to your pictures and that is, it will improve the color and details.

Back at launch, Google promised to bring HDR+ capabilities but the feature which is spotted inside the APK is just HDR mode. It is not similar to what is offered by the Pixel phones but still, it is enough to enhance pictures. It’s a valuable addition to budget phones by Google and would prove to be helpful for photography enthusiasts as well who can’t afford premium phones but can learn as a beginner.

While the HDR mode on Android Go low-end phones seems like a welcome change, a couple of hurdles it has to go through are just undeniable. Take for instance the processing time, which would increase here while you take pictures. This is due to the low-end chipsets used on the phones. Also, HDR mode on Android Go devices will presumably capture fewer numbers of frames due to less RAM and power in general. Also, the lack of optical image stabilization could force users to wait for a couple of seconds to simply taking a photo.

Nevertheless, as mentioned above, the HDR mode remains a change for better on phones with a limited number of resources.

Google Camera Go app is a watered-down version of the Pixel’s Google Camera app that launched for Android Go phones. It was first released on Nokia 1.3 Android Go phone. The app launched with a dedicated Portrait Mode option because apparently, this is the most used and talked about feature on social media. The new HDR mode should soon come to Android Go phones.


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