The Pixel 2’s camera is actually one of the best you’ll find on an Android phone. Among its standout features is actually the incredible Portrait Mode, which Google accomplished with some impressive software processing. Thanks to a few clever developers, you can currently enjoy the Pixel 2’s Portrait Mode on your Galaxy S8 or Galaxy Note 8.
Over the weekend, Charles Chow at Chromloop released a port of the Pixel’s Portrait Mode camera which works with the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, as well as first-gen Pixel devices. If the developer’s name sounds familiar, which’s because he’s worked This kind of same magic on past Google-exclusive camera features. currently, XDA member Arnova8G2 has modified Chow’s Camera NX APK to work on several more phones.
The original modified APK could crash on Galaxy devices running the Android Oreo beta. While the app could install, the photos could not save when snapped in Portrait Mode. Thankfully, Arnova8G2 posted an enhanced product of the app which enables Portrait mode on both the rear as well as front-facing cameras for the Snapdragon variants of the S8 as well as Note 8. There are a few prerequisites, however getting the Pixel 2’s Portrait Mode on your brand new Samsung device is actually pretty quick.
Step 1: Install the Android Oreo Beta
the idea is actually essential which your S8 or Note 8 is actually running Oreo. The modified Google Camera APK only works on phones running Android 8.0 or above.
If you’re looking to install the official Samsung Oreo Beta on your Galaxy S8 or S8+, check out our guide on stability, then download the requisite firmware.
The Note 8 does not have an official beta program, however a leaked build is actually available. To install the leaked build on your Note 8, follow our full tutorial.
Step 2: Install the GCMod5 APK
Once you have Oreo on your device, you can install the ported Pixel camera app, which is actually called GCMod5. To start, just download the following APK, then open the file via your notification tray as well as press “Install” when prompted.
Note which if you haven’t already done so, you’ll need to enable unknown sources to install the APK. When you open the downloaded file, a prompt will pop up asking if you could like to allow installation of This kind of app, so tap to allow as well as continue installing. After installation, you can find the GCMod5 icon in your app drawer as well as begin testing!
We took a few test photos to compare the Pixel 2 XL with the GCMod5 Portrait Mode on the Note 8. The results are pretty impressive overall. One minor gripe is actually the Portrait photos on the Note 8 seem a bit softer around the edges of the main subject.
In addition, the modified Portrait Mode on the Note 8 currently only works with people. The Pixel 2 XL uses additional information via the sensor to apply the portrait effect to photos of different objects. Still, the idea is actually clear which you do obtain which impressive bokeh effect when using the rear as well as front cameras.
With these modified Google Camera APKs, you can bring the amazing portraits via the Pixel 2 to your Samsung device. Software is actually definitely the way forward in improving smartphone photography in 2018. Hopefully different OEMs will get on board with implementing similar software-only portrait solutions in their devices. Let us know inside comments if you’re enjoying the modified Portrait Mode on your Samsung device!