Think of this as a late Christmas present! If there is one thing about the Google Pixel 2 smartphone that never fails to impress a user, it is its camera and the portrait mode. And fortunately, the feature is now available for some non-Google smartphones. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to get quarterly security updates now
Thanks to the developer, who goes by the name of Arnova8G2 on the XDA Developers forums, the Pixel 2’s portrait mode can now be used on certain non-Google phones running Android Oreo. This comes few days after Charles Chow’s Camera NX app was updated to allow porting the Portrait mode over to the first-generation Pixel, Nexus 6P, and Nexus 5X devices. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy S8 and Note 8 users facing GPS issues
Arnova8G2 essentially modifies on Chow’s work, and the NX Camera 7.3 can now be installed on other Android devices with a fully functional portrait mode. The OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T, Moto G5S Plus, and Samsung Galaxy Note 8 are among the devices that have been confirmed to work with this, and while it should be compatible with most Android phones on Oreo, you’ll need to download the app and test it out for yourself. Also Read - OnePlus won't bring these performance features to older phones
As of now, the portrait mode can only be ported for the rear cameras, however, it is believed that Arnova8G2 will release an updated for the front-cameras as well.
Please note, this isn’t an official release, and is only a support released by a developer. Mileage of the app for each user may vary. While most have reported for the app to be working just fine, some have complained of it continually crashing.
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