Get pixel 3 / 3 xl exclusive camera features on pixel 2 / 2xl..

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showlyshah

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Some great mind ( or is it me ?) once said ... " If its a software.. then there will definitely be a hack " ...:D

Pixel 3 xl may haven't shipped yet.. but software bits like pixel 3 xl launcher, wall paper, etc are out.. and with that came out its amazing camera apk...

So why not run it on pixel 2/ 2 xl.. yey.. it did run.. and most of you have already installed it.. right? Beautiful ui.. ( iphone.. we literally dont want to copy your ui.. but ... ) And then raw + jpg support..

But.. we did miss that extra things .. right? Those software bits.. which google added to the cam .. exclusively for pixel 3..

Me too...

And lil disappointed.. so i give it a try.. nothing to loose ??


And guess what.. the app showed up with all those "hidden" features..

Dont belive.. take a look at ss from my pixel 2 xl


so all you have to do is...

1. using a root file explorer, edit build.prop form system folder ( not vendor folder)
a) ro . product . model=Pixel 3 XL
b) ro . product . name=crosshatch
c) ro . product . device=crosshatch


use "blueline" and "Pixel 3" .. if you want to keep your device as smaller Pixel 3

2. reboot , now your phone model will be pixel 3 xl / pixel 3

3. install the pixel 3 camera apk mentioned in this link https://www.xda-developers.com/google-camera-pixel-3-apk-download/

4. enjoy your new camera:D

NB:- this is a proof of concept hack, which i managed to get from a 10 min digging on last day's sleepless night.

NB :- to make portrait mode to work, first swich to front camera ( using camera switching icon) and then switch portrait mode from there. quick test gave me result that all ( or most) features are working, except the bug in switching directly to portrait mode fc the camera app( since we dont have two sensors for front camera. ), colour pop and depth adjustments work, h.265 encoding works , if you find something wont work, report. so that we can fix it hopefully.

I didn't check the rest, nor camera quality, nor anything else.. i am not that much into code writing or things.. may be some of you can pull out more..

Thank you.
 

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BabelHuber

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Cool! ?

The new features seem to be there, but:

- Photo Box doesn't take a picture when I smile. Does it only work with multiple people?
- How can I enable top shot? Or does it turn on automatically?

Edit: Photo Box only seems to work when I switch to the selfie camera first and then activate it. When I activate it as long as the back camera is selected, it doesn't work. May be coincidence, though
 
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Cool!

The new features seem to be there, but:

- Photo Box doesn't take a picture when I smile. Does it only work with multiple people?
- How can I enable top shot? Or does it turn on automatically?

I think top shot has replaced the burst mode. So you just keep pressing on shutter button.
Is Super Zoom Working ?
 

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I think top shot has replaced the burst mode. So you just keep pressing on shutter button.
Is Super Zoom Working ?

I see no difference between top shot and burst mode yet, have to try again when I meet some people...

Super zoom seems to work, see screenshots ?
 

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Focus tracking works. H.265 works.... Guys.. just keep in mind that ... Some features need dual front cam.. so some of those might not work in our devices..
 

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Google lens in real time works, no need to select it, works directly in the viewfinder.
The new ar stickers (playground) still don't work.
Automatic frame rate when recording video works
 
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Portrait mode closes cam if u switch to rear cam or choosing portrait mode on rear cam.

If u switch to front cam and using portrait, it works, but if u switch to rear cam again, it closes.

Super zoom is to use like normal zoom, yes?
 
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Is there any chance to get a working Gcam mod on Pixel 2 XL with all features unlocked without rooting the device?
 

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