Application Google Camera is the best in the field of mobile photography and with its software sophistication it can extract much more beautiful images from a common camera sensor. It thus surpassed applications from the iPhone or Samsung.
About Google Camera
Each smartphone manufacturer uses its own application for taking photos and recording videos. It is actually software that can work with the phone's lenses and take photos or videos.
The resulting photo quality thus depends not only on the hardware, ie the lens, but also on the software - the application that uses it and records photos through it.
Android smartphones have long been infamous for their weaker cameras. That didn't change until the advent of the Google Pixel series of smartphones, which are often considered the best photography smartphones. It is these smartphones from Google that use Google Camera (for short, Google Camera) as a photo application GCAM).
Many brands try to outperform the number of megapixels, but this does not guarantee quality. It's more of a marketing move. A Google Pixel with fewer megapixels often produces more beautiful photos than another smartphone with a camera that has more megapixels.
The latest version of Gcam 8.1
The latest version GCAM 8.1 was created by a user with the pseudonym Urnyx05 and can be downloaded from the famous GcamHub website. You can find the link below.
List of ports for all smartphones
There is a community of people in the famous xda-developers forum who are trying to create Google Camera ports for other smartphones as well. Some smartphones can't be installed just because they also need some special configuration.
On this page you will find a list of smartphones also with links to download Google Camera. These are not the latest versions of the application. The goal was to gather the most stable and usable versions of the ports.
Please note that you will not find all smartphones here and the application may not work 100%.
How to install Google Camera on your smartphone
Installation is really easy. The first step, of course, is to download the application from the link we posted above. Find your smartphone in the list and download the appropriate version.
After downloading the .apk file, you should be automatically prompted to open it. If not, search for the downloaded file through the file manager and open it.
Open the .apk file to install the application. If you are not allowed to install from unknown sources, your smartphone will alert you to a security risk. In this case, you need to allow installation from unknown sources. You need to do this step whenever you want to install the app outside of the official Google Play store.
After a successful installation, all you have to do is open the application and give it the necessary permissions. You can still use the original shooting app. Google Camera won't replace it, just another camera app will be installed.
Some smartphones also need so-called config file. If you need it, you will find it next to the .apk file and download it just like this file.
Then you need to go to the main directory of your smartphone (where you have Android, DCIM, Document, Downloads and other folders). Here, create a folder named GCam and in it another folder named configsX - replace the letter X with the number of the version of the application you downloaded. If you downloaded version 7, the folder will be called configs7. Copy the downloaded configuration file to this folder.
Then just open the Google Camera app and double-click on the black space. A window with the name of the configuration file will open, click on it and select Restore. You can also see this procedure in the video above.
We also tried the application
We tested the GCam application on the Redmi Note 7 and Samsung Galaxy S9 + smartphones.
Let's start with Samsung, very briefly. Unfortunately, the GCam application did not work correctly for us here. The installation was successful, but the photos taken were somehow not stored anywhere. Only videos were stored in the phone memory. But as we read in the forums, these GCam ports work better on smartphones with Qualcomm processors. We have an Exynos processor in our Samsung.
It was better on Redmi Note 7. The installation went just as smoothly, but the application worked properly. We have to admit that we like the photos from GCam more than the ones we captured with the built-in application from Xiaomi.
Below you can see photos captured by Google Camera as well as the built-in application. On the left are photos from the built-in Camera app and on the right from the app GCam.
If you want to experiment, all the ports of Google Camera will be can be found on this pagewhich brings together the most popular moderators who make up these ports. You can also find the latest versions here, but again, note that finding the right version that works properly may not always be easy.