[Update: Photo Sphere fixed] Android 4.2 Camera APK with new Gallery

Hot on the heels of the Android 4.2 keyboard (the one with Gesture typing) getting leaked, we now have the new camera and gallery apps from Android 4.2 available for manually installation as well.

The camera from Android 4.2 sports a new interface, allowing you to access settings by swiping anywhere on the screen, and other improvements, while the gallery app also features a new interface, similar to other Google apps like Google+.

However, the most talked about feature of the Android 4.2 camera – Photo Sphere – is not yet working (Update: it’s fully working now, link updated in the step-by-step guide too), though the person responsible for leaking the app is said to be working at fixing it. Everything works nicely though, and people running an Android 4.1 ROM like CM10, AOKP, or any other similar AOSP ROM can try the camera and gallery right now, as also those on Android 4.0. Below Android 4.0, you’re not in luck.

Follow the instructions below to install the Android 4.2 camera and gallery apps.

Update: The Photo Sphere functionality has now been fixed in the camera, allowing you to take panorama shots, and the procedure to install the camera and gallery has also changed.

How to Install Android 4.2 Camera and Gallery

  1. You’ll need a clockworkmod (cwm) recovery or TWRP recovery to flahs the zip file. If you don’t have one already, search here to find one for you — most probably, we would have it covered. Once you have the recovery, go over to next step.
  2. Download the Camera/Gallery package from one of the links below.
    Download Link (Alternative Link) | Filename: 4.2Camera_t04_2.zip
  3. Copy the 4.2Camera_t04_2.zip file to your device. Remember the folder where you copy it, as you would to select it from here in step 6 below.
  4. Turn off the phone and boot into TWRP/CWM recovery.
  5. Before we flash/install the new Android 4.2 camera app with gallery app, it’s wise to back up the current rom first. So, once you boot into recovery mode, use the backup option and complete a full backup first.
  6. Now, to install the Android 4.2 camera app, select Install, then browse and select the 4.2Camera_t04_2.zip file you downloaded in step 4 above. Confirm installation to flash it. After installation is complete, select the Reboot system button to reboot the phone.

(NOTE: To revert to the original Gallery and Camera, simply boot into Clockworkmod recovery again, select Restore, then restore your ROM by selecting it from the list, which will restore the phone to its state as it was before you installed the Android 4.2 gallery and camera.)

Enjoy, and do let us know how they work for you In case it’s not working, do let us know via comments below.

28 Comments

  1. Didn’t work for me on either Gallery/Camera or even the new Clock for that matter would start up without force closing. To be fair I wasn’t running the gsm version of recovery either..but I was running it on a galaxy nexus(verizon version). Good thing I did a backup!

    1. I stand corrected, I played around a bit with what the XDA guys said with renaming the GalleryGoogle.odex file in System/Apps to GalleryGoogle.odex.bak and that fixed for me. Seems some people didn’t even need to do that to have it work tho.

    2. where did you find the odex-file? in witch folder?

  2. Didn’t work for me on either Gallery/Camera or even the new Clock for that matter would start up without force closing. To be fair I wasn’t running the gsm version of recovery either..but I was running it on a galaxy nexus(verizon version). Good thing I did a backup!

    1. I stand corrected, I played around a bit with what the XDA guys said with renaming the GalleryGoogle.odex file in System/Apps to GalleryGoogle.odex.bak and that fixed for me. Seems some people didn’t even need to do that to have it work tho.

      1. where did you find the odex-file? in witch folder?

  3. Didn’t work for me on either Gallery/Camera or even the new Clock for that matter would start up without force closing. To be fair I wasn’t running the gsm version of recovery either..but I was running it on a galaxy nexus(verizon version). Good thing I did a backup!

    1. I stand corrected, I played around a bit with what the XDA guys said with renaming the GalleryGoogle.odex file in System/Apps to GalleryGoogle.odex.bak and that fixed for me. Seems some people didn’t even need to do that to have it work tho.

      1. where did you find the odex-file? in witch folder?

  4. I did all the steps listed above, but nothing seems to be popping up after installation. I reboot my phone, and it’s like I never flashed anything on it, like nothing happened. Went through the apps, and all I saw was the old “camera” and “gallery” apps… Tried with the clock and keyboard too, no effect.

    BTW, I am using a LG Optimus 2X (P990) with a nightly version of CyanogenMod 10 (4.1.2).

  5. I did all the steps listed above, but nothing seems to be popping up after installation. I reboot my phone, and it’s like I never flashed anything on it, like nothing happened. Went through the apps, and all I saw was the old “camera” and “gallery” apps… Tried with the clock and keyboard too, no effect.

    BTW, I am using a LG Optimus 2X (P990) with a nightly version of CyanogenMod 10 (4.1.2).

  6. I did all the steps listed above, but nothing seems to be popping up after installation. I reboot my phone, and it’s like I never flashed anything on it, like nothing happened. Went through the apps, and all I saw was the old “camera” and “gallery” apps… Tried with the clock and keyboard too, no effect.

    BTW, I am using a LG Optimus 2X (P990) with a nightly version of CyanogenMod 10 (4.1.2).

  7. it sais ‘no external storage available’ than it quits.

  8. it sais ‘no external storage available’ than it quits.

  9. it sais ‘no external storage available’ than it quits.

  10. thx, works fine with galaxy note 2 n7105!

  11. thx, works fine with galaxy note 2 n7105!

  12. thx, works fine with galaxy note 2 n7105!

  13. Taking picture with flash, let FC the gallery 🙁

  14. Taking picture with flash, let FC the gallery 🙁 GT-I9300 with Omega Rom v40 (4.1.2 XXEMA2) and Siyah Kernel 1.8.9

  15. Taking picture with flash, let FC the gallery 🙁

  16. Taking picture with flash, let FC the gallery 🙁 GT-I9300 with Omega Rom v40 (4.1.2 XXEMA2) and Siyah Kernel 1.8.9

  17. Now I have 2 cameras. How do I get rid of the old one

  18. Now I have 2 cameras. How do I get rid of the old one

  19. Now I have 2 cameras. How do I get rid of the old one

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