Google Pixel’s HDR+ trick makes almost any Android camera better

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The Google Pixel is often considered to have the very best camera around thanks to some truly effective software processing. Now you can get that same processing on almost any recent Android flagship.

While you’ve been able to sideload Google’s Camera app for some time, the actual processing that gives the Pixel it’s beautiful photos is still exclusive. Called HDR+, the technology not only increases dynamic range, like traditional HDR modes, but reduces noise and improve colors as well.

In very oversimplified terms, the camera basically takes an extremely fast burst of shots, and then combines the best bit of each image for the final exposure. I’ve yet to try a camera that matches the Pixel’s consistency in rendering accurate dynamic range, realistic night-time scenes, and overall vibrant colors.

Scene with the standard essential camera on the left, and then again with Google’s app on the same phone.

As first reported by XDA, an enterprising developer named B-S-G has ported the Pixel’s camera software to work on virtually any phone running a Snapdragon 820, 821, or 835. That means the vast majority of flagship devices released in the US since 2016. You can read XDA’s post on the most recent update to the port, or download the APK file directly here.

Keep in mind you’ll have to enable apps from unknown sources in order to install the APK. While XDA says its tested the file to make sure it’s safe, you’re still installing at your own risk.

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This article and images were originally posted on [The Next Web] September 8, 2017 at 03:05PM

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