[UPDATED][22/09/2013][APP][ANY ROM]Focal Camera apk

Did you like Focal?


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aleespa

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Works fine front camera doesn't work (android 4.3)

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maverick_hunter

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Gave it a whirl on the latest 10.1.2. Got some force closes as well, and odd behavior. Sometimes when starting up Focal, the torch turns on and stays on, with just a black screen. Backing out causes a force close. It's a nice app but I think it could use some refinement, especially the menus. I'm sure they'll keep on improving it.
 

naenee

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My first impression is that the framerate is significantly lower than with the stock camera - making for an overall sluggish experience.

Some random impressions while checking out its features:

- the Photosphere feature looks like a quick addition/afterthought, as the 'dots' you have to connect are just jagged sprites/images, instead of smooth circles - perhaps not that important functionality-wise, but it looks sloppy to me.

- The interface might work after a while of practice, but for now it forces me to hunt around for options too much - the ability to open more than one 'toggle group', seems more like a necessity (so that I can find the option I want) than a feature I'd use after I know where each toggle can be found (I compare it to finding a file on my computer, I know where each file/folder is, partly due to descriptive names and a clear structure. But if I needed to find something fast, I would not open all the folders until I found the file, I would just use a search function).

And I too have had the forced closes, black screen when opening it until I close the process, but that I can forgive of an... alpha-quality release.

I'm on stock 4.3 if that makes any difference.
 

CrashTestDroid

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My first impression is that the framerate is significantly lower than with the stock camera - making for an overall sluggish experience.

Some random impressions while checking out its features:

- the Photosphere feature looks like a quick addition/afterthought, as the 'dots' you have to connect are just jagged sprites/images, instead of smooth circles - perhaps not that important functionality-wise, but it looks sloppy to me.

- The interface might work after a while of practice, but for now it forces me to hunt around for options too much - the ability to open more than one 'toggle group', seems more like a necessity (so that I can find the option I want) than a feature I'd use after I know where each toggle can be found (I compare it to finding a file on my computer, I know where each file/folder is, partly due to descriptive names and a clear structure. But if I needed to find something fast, I would not open all the folders until I found the file, I would just use a search function).

And I too have had the forced closes, black screen when opening it until I close the process, but that I can forgive of an... alpha-quality release.

I'm on stock 4.3 if that makes any difference.

It's alpha, sure, and it won't be in mainline CM for a while, but it's brilliant. This is more of a functional mockup than a daily use cam. Can't wait for the final release and next things to come in CM!
 
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crazyjimbo

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I love the app, the way everything is set up. I am having issues (on 4.3) with force closes, and my N4 restarted twice - once after tapping on a color option, and again when I tried to switch to Picsphere mode. But not again after the first two times.
It's crazy quick when snapping (non-HDR) pics, and I'm a sucker for nice animations, so I love the one this camera has. I really, really cannot wait until a beta, then a full, release is available. It's certainly heading in the right direction!
 
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ilanderek

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I thought it would be a bit faster but it seems a little laggy but I love to get my hands on this kind of projects that look so promising

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ilanderek

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Surely this is the first step of many new things we'll begin to see for our devices and be able to get even more out of them than we thought we could

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BlackElvis79

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Focal is pretty cool. Two things I noticed tho, one is that it doesn't play nice with Halo. If I opened focal with Halo active, it started snapping pics nonstop soon as it launched.

And two, its a RAM hog.

With Focal
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W/O Focal
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Other than that, it ran well. No FC's and what not.

Thanks for the hu.


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Hung0702

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Mar 1, 2009
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This is the only free camera app that won't crop the 4:3 image to fit our 15:9 screen ratios. I don't know if you can toggle it to do so, but I don't really care for cropping in the viewfinder.

Whom do I direct my comments since OP has no affiliation with the CyanogenMod team? If they are going to use black bars, then they might as well have a bevy of persistent settings; rather than having to tap multiple times to achieve minute adjustments. Further, I don't understand why this app isn't called CMera. Please call it CMera.



And two, its a RAM hog.

Introduction: Half-assed truths

I agree that CMera does not play well with HALO, but I don't agree with your second comment. Your screen caps show a very vague idea of what is actually eating your RAM. It might have something to do with the three simultaneous downloads/downloaded files (which might also be app updates) in your notification bar.

Results; and Why You're Always Wrong and I'm Always Right

For a slightly more rigorous exploration of RAM usage for the app CMera, refer to Figure 1. Strangely, the app in question is only visible in Cached Processes, not Running Services. Both apps were open simultaneously and could be swapped in and out of activity with no lag in launch or usage.

Figure 1
sFDnHrr.jpg


For even more rigorously collected evidence, please refer to Figure 2. Upon a fresh boot, my device had 1241MB of RAM unused.

Figure 2
lFfCnGG.jpg


Following three photos (8MP, 100 quality) and a precisely 60 sec video (1080p, 20 Gbps, 192 kbps audio), my device dropped to 1187MB of unused RAM (Figure 3).

This is a difference of (1241MB - 1187MB =) 54MB. No where close to the (680MB - 197MB =) 487MB purported by BlackElvis79's screen caps

Figure 3
BYahOKA.jpg


Conclusions: What Does This Mean to America's Youth?

From the evidence gathered, the most reasonable conclusion is that BlackElvis79 is a poopyhead.

Source(s): Original Screen Caps and Cropped for Her Pleasure
 
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jcnbama

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Is there a tutorial on what all these settings do? There are so many... Lol. And I don't know what half of them are...

Also on a side note when will we know when it's no longer Alpha? Will it be built into the roms or something?

I'm so excited about this... My wife has been boasting her Galaxy S4 camera for awhile.. Lol. Isn't there supposed to be a slow motion video?

*Edit* I seem to have a buginess with the video. Running PAC Man version 23.0.0. It force closes sometimes for no apparent reason.

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BlackElvis79

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This is the only free camera app that won't crop the 4:3 image to fit our 15:9 screen ratios. I don't know if you can toggle it to do so, but I don't really care for cropping in the viewfinder.

Whom do I direct my comments since OP has no affiliation with the CyanogenMod team? If they are going to use black bars, then they might as well have a bevy of persistent settings; rather than having to tap multiple times to achieve minute adjustments. Further, I don't understand why this app isn't called CMera. Please call it CMera.





Introduction: Half-assed truths

I agree that CMera does not play well with HALO, but I don't agree with your second comment. Your screen caps show a very vague idea of what is actually eating your RAM. It might have something to do with the three simultaneous downloads/downloaded files (which might also be app updates) in your notification bar.

Results; and Why You're Always Wrong and I'm Always Right

For a slightly more rigorous exploration of RAM usage for the app CMera, refer to Figure 1. Strangely, the app in question is only visible in Cached Processes, not Running Services. Both apps were open simultaneously and could be swap in and out of activity with no lag in launch or usage.

Figure 1
sFDnHrr.jpg


For even more rigorously collected evidence, please refer to Figure 2. Upon a fresh boot, my device had 1241MB of RAM unused.

Figure 2
lFfCnGG.jpg


Following three photos (8MP, 100 quality) and a precisely 60 sec video (1080p, 20 Gbps, 192 kbps audio), my device dropped to 1187MB of unused RAM (Figure 3).

This is a difference of (1241MB - 1187MB =) 54MB. No where close to the (680MB - 197MB =) 487MB purported by BlackElvis79's screen caps

Figure 3
BYahOKA.jpg


Conclusions: What Does This Mean to America's Youth?

From the evidence gathered, the most reasonable conclusion is that BlackElvis79 is a poopyhead.

Source(s): Original Screen Caps and Cropped for Her Pleasure

I went thru all apps that I'd installed since installing Focal. I uninstalled them one by one and still had extremely low RAM with no running apps. I uninstalled Focal last, cuz it was the first installed, and suddenly my RAM was back to normal. I didn't think it would need that much of an explanation, my apologies, but thank you for your creative and entertaining response.

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ilanderek

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Apr 13, 2013
203
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Mexico
Is there a tutorial on what all these settings do? There are so many... Lol. And I don't know what half of them are...

Also on a side note when will we know when it's no longer Alpha? Will it be built into the roms or something?

I'm so excited about this... My wife has been boasting her Galaxy S4 camera for awhile.. Lol. Isn't there supposed to be a slow motion video?

*Edit* I seem to have a buginess with the video. Running PAC Man version 23.0.0. It force closes sometimes for no apparent reason.

Sent from my Nexus 4 using xda app-developers app

I´ll try to make a list with all the options it has or even better I´ll contact CM team to have the info from first hand :laugh:
 

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  • 98
    UPDATE: Focal apk landed in the play store as a beta, link to play store:
    http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FxBSX8mx0c
    23
    For a start, I'm publishing the app on the Play Store, at this link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=fr.xplod.focal (by the time I post it, it might not yet be available, but it should be soon).
    All features but Panorama should be working fine, and many issues should be resolved. It features the new refined UI.
    I'll open a more general post on XDA apps forum


    EDIT: Play Store seems to be mostly propagated. Official thread at http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2453638
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    *shling* signed up to the thread. Main developer of Focal here.

    1) yes, the app is in alpha. There are many cases and many devices we didn't test so you can get FC's just by using it wrong.
    2) the UI is still work in progress. It's a first glimpse of what we're targeting but there is still much more to do.
    3) the camera is not laggy or sluggish. Enable HDR scene mode on your nexus 4, then blame Google.
    4) we won't give any support on pre-4.2 non-cyanogenmod ROMs. Your ROM, your problem.
    5) you can remove unwanted buttons in the settings to have a cleaner sidebar

    I'll keep an eye out here, but don't expect any magic. I'm exhausted having worked nights on the app, so I'm just taking a break for now before going back to it.

    Sent from my Nexus 4 using xda app-developers app
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    This is the only free camera app that won't crop the 4:3 image to fit our 15:9 screen ratios. I don't know if you can toggle it to do so, but I don't really care for cropping in the viewfinder.

    Whom do I direct my comments since OP has no affiliation with the CyanogenMod team? If they are going to use black bars, then they might as well have a bevy of persistent settings; rather than having to tap multiple times to achieve minute adjustments. Further, I don't understand why this app isn't called CMera. Please call it CMera.



    And two, its a RAM hog.

    Introduction: Half-assed truths

    I agree that CMera does not play well with HALO, but I don't agree with your second comment. Your screen caps show a very vague idea of what is actually eating your RAM. It might have something to do with the three simultaneous downloads/downloaded files (which might also be app updates) in your notification bar.

    Results; and Why You're Always Wrong and I'm Always Right

    For a slightly more rigorous exploration of RAM usage for the app CMera, refer to Figure 1. Strangely, the app in question is only visible in Cached Processes, not Running Services. Both apps were open simultaneously and could be swapped in and out of activity with no lag in launch or usage.

    Figure 1
    sFDnHrr.jpg


    For even more rigorously collected evidence, please refer to Figure 2. Upon a fresh boot, my device had 1241MB of RAM unused.

    Figure 2
    lFfCnGG.jpg


    Following three photos (8MP, 100 quality) and a precisely 60 sec video (1080p, 20 Gbps, 192 kbps audio), my device dropped to 1187MB of unused RAM (Figure 3).

    This is a difference of (1241MB - 1187MB =) 54MB. No where close to the (680MB - 197MB =) 487MB purported by BlackElvis79's screen caps

    Figure 3
    BYahOKA.jpg


    Conclusions: What Does This Mean to America's Youth?

    From the evidence gathered, the most reasonable conclusion is that BlackElvis79 is a poopyhead.

    Source(s): Original Screen Caps and Cropped for Her Pleasure
    7
    Any body build this today and willing to share the latest apk

    Sent from my GT-I9505 using Tapatalk 4 Beta
    Here's a build I just made that is up-to-date as of this post.

    http://www.droidbin.com/p181556nhh3tl1hqv1faf1s3m11pk3

    ---------- Post added at 01:27 PM ---------- Previous post was at 01:19 PM ----------

    For anyone having FCs on front-facing camera or other options, I have found that making it a system app and rebooting solved some of the issues. This can be done either with Titanium Backup or manually. However, I am using a Galaxy SIII, so results on Nexus 4 may vary.
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