The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have great cameras, probably the best seen on a smartphone in 2017. It takes amazing photos in the light and does a great job in low-light conditions as well. However, the most impressive thing about the Pixel 2’s camera is the Portrait Mode.
Despite having only one main rear camera, the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL can take some really good portrait shots. This is mainly due to the image processing software on the phone and also thanks to the sensor used. Even the front camera on the phone can take exceptional Portrait mode selfies.
Now, a lot of developers have been working to get many of the Pixel 2 features on older Pixel and Nexus devices. A modded Google Camera app is available that brings most of the features to these devices. And now, an updated version of the app finally enables the Portrait mode as well. And it even works on a few non-Google Android devices running on Android 8.0 Oreo.
The modded GCam app brought HDR+ technology to several non-Google Android devices and improved the image quality. The photos came out better than the stock camera app and that’s left a lot of people wanting for more. So if you’ve been wanting to try out the Portrait Mode on your Android device, here’s what you need.
Pixel 2 Portrait Mode on Non-Google Devices
If you do not own a Pixel or Nexus device, but still want to try out the Portrait mode and other features of the modded Google Camera app, then you can do so thanks to XDA Member Arnova8G2. He, with help from others, has modded the Camera NX app and made it work on non-Google devices.
As of now, the modded app works on phones such as the Xiaomi Mi 5, Redmi Note 4, OnePlus 3/3T, Moto G5s Plus, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, OnePlus 5, and many more. The Portrait mode works on several 64-bit Android phones that support the Camera2 API. Of course, there will be some bugs here and there, and sometimes the app may crash, but overall the results are very satisfying.
The modded app does not require root and works well on many devices. You can download the latest version of the app using the download link below. Also, follow the developer’s work on XDA to keep yourself up to date on all the changes and improvements to the app.