Google Cameras ports have been highly popular on XDA Developers forums. In fact, people who root their smartphones and install custom ROMs, look for such ports that give them the Google Pixel like experience. When the Pixel was first released, the camera app was ported to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and Redmi Note 4, which marginally improved the photo quality on both the devices. Now, the Google Camera app has been ported to the recent Xiaomi flagship smartphones too.
Earlier this year, Google open sourced the tool to enable portrait-mode feature, using which, OEMs can add the feature on their smartphones. For the Google Camera to work on a device, your smartphone needs to support Camera2 API. And while most Xiaomi devices lack Camera2 API support out-of-the-box, users need to unlock the bootloader, and run fastboot commands. Users also need to root their smartphone to be able to modify the build.prop file for the camera app to work.
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However, that’s not the same with the Xiaomi Mi 2s, the newly launched Poco F1, and Mi 8-series, which also includes Mi 8 SE and Mi 8 Explorer Edition. Xiaomi smartphones that are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 or Snapdragon 845 SoC have the Camera2 API enabled by default. Thus, you don’t need to root, unlock the bootloader and install Magisk modules on these smartphones.
This could be good news for users who like to tinker around with their devices. It does take away the hassle of rooting the device and unlocking the bootloader. However, there is no guarantee that the camera app will improve the photo quality on your smartphone. After all, it’s not just about the port, but other things like fine-tuning and optimization for your device matters too. If you have the supported Xiaomi smartphone and want to try out the Google Camera, you can download it from here – xda-developers.com/google-camera-port-hub/