For those of you with any Samsung Galaxy smartphone(such as Galaxy Note 8, S8+, S8, S7, S7 Edge, S6, S6 Edge, etc…etc…), you can now get Google HDR camera working on your phone with BOTH front and back portrait mode working.
This Google HDR+ Pixel 2 Camera works on the following models:
- Galaxy Note 8 Exynos/Snapdragon
- Galaxy S8/S8 Plus Exynos/Snapdragon
- Galaxy S7/S7 Edge Exynos/Snapdragon
- Galaxy S6/S6 Edge/S6 Edge Plus
- Galaxy Note 5
- Galaxy S5 Exynos/Snapdragon
UPDATE: For Galaxy S9/S9+, please see updated Google HDR+ Camera.(No portrait mode but HDR+ works)
What is an APK File?
APK File is a file/app that can be installed on any Android smartphone or tablet. Using an APK file, you can install Android apps manually on your Android device.
You do not need a rooted Android device to install APK files. For installation instructions, please see below.
The only requirement is that you are running latest Android 7.0/7.1.1/7.1.2 Nougat or Android 8.0/8.1 Oreo. For older devices that Samsung have not updated to Nougat and beyond(such as Note 5), you can install a custom Nougat ROM to get this feature working on your phone. Also works for both Exynos/Snapdragon models (setup is a little bit different for each).
Simply download the APK file and install:
Instructions on get it working correctly:
- Set “Config camera HDR+” to “Nexus 6 HDR+ Auto” in Settings->Advanced.
- For Snapdragon devces, also turn off “Correct bayer pattern on S7 Exynos front cam” and “Correct white level on S7 Exynos front cam”.
Video Tutorial & Demo:
If you have trouble getting it working, try force-closing app in Settings a few times but once you get it working it will work flawless.
Credits – XDA
Q: This camera does NOT work on my Samsung Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus!
A: Unfortunately, we were not able to test for Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus at the time of posting but there is a solution if you have the Exynos model of Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus (no portrait yet but HDR+ works), please see this Galaxy S9 HDR+ camera APK.
Q: Will this work on non-Samsung devices?
A: Probably not as it was not working on any of our non-Samsung devices. However, we will update with a working portrait mode for many other Android smartphones soon. Check back often and we should have a solution for all Android smartphones soon.
Q: Is this Google HDR+ APK safe to install?
A: Yes, these APK files were first available on XDA Forums, which is an open-source developer community where apps are checked for malware. There are no ads nor malware on these apps but we do highly suggest you to donate to the original developers of these apps or at least hit the Thanks button on their XDA Forum threads.
How to Install APK Files
You will need to make sure Unknown Sources is checked ON in Settings to install APK files. We do recommend you to use a file explorer app such as ES File Explorer, available on the Play Store for free, to install these apps.