Despite the lavish praise the Google Nexus line received thanks to its openness to development, the smartphones have received much criticism for their camera prowess. That changed (though some would argue it hasn’t) with the release of the Google Pixel and Pixel XL, however, as Google took a more consumer directed approach to their smartphones and the results showed in the camera department with the smartphones receiving top tier scores from DxOMark. Part of Google’s more recent success with picture quality has been thanks to their Amazing HDR+ Technology that is exclusive to their smartphones. For the average user, HDR+ presents an incredibly easy way to produce stunning photographs without the need to learn manual photography or edit RAW images. And now, you can take advantage of Google Camera’s HDR+ thanks to a modified version of the APK ported to work on any device with the Hexagon 680 ISP (found on the Snapdragon 820, 821, and 835 SoCs).
The Google Camera app is no stranger to being modded. A popular Zero-Shutter Lag (ZSL) HDR+ mod of the app brought the Google Pixel’s picture taking speed to the Google Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, and a quick modification that we did brought Google Camera 4.2, taken from the Pixel’s Android 7.1 Nougat system dump, to the last generation Nexus devices. But it’s not typical that you see a Google Camera modification make its way to other, non-Google branded devices. Even rooted users with Magisk installed are unable to enjoy the full advantages of Google Camera HDR+, but thanks to some recent developments that will change.
Modded Google Camera 4.4 with HDR+
A Ukrainian developer by the name of B-S-G on the forum 4PDA has posted a modified version of Google Camera v4.4.012.156195200. This Google Camera app is the same one pulled from the third Android O Developer Preview that was released in June of this year. The developer was able to modify it to work with any device that utilizes the Hexagon 680 ISP or above, which includes those devices with the Snapdragon 820, Snapdragon 821, or Snapdragon 835 SoCs.