Android as an OS and also as an ecosystem has come a long, long way. There have been tremendous improvements to Android both in terms of look and also the functionality. If I said that Android is coming very close to the Desktop operating systems, I would not be exaggerating. Google, which makes Android, also happens to make Android devices as well – Google Pixel. While they may not sell very well like Samsung phones or other Android OEM phones, they do have a specific set of audience. Plus, Google Pixel devices come with Android the way Google wants Android to be. Android, being the open source operating system it is, is heavily customized by OEM as per their needs.
Android phones have also grown stronger in the hardware department as well. There was a time when a 5 Mega Pixel camera was considered ‘wonderful’ and now we have triple cameras. Even entry-level/mid-range Android devices come with dual and triple camera setup! While everyone else is marching towards increasing the number of camera sensors on their device, Google has been doing wonders with a single camera module.
If you are looking for Google Camera APK for any other Android device, visit the below page to view the complete collection of available APK files for supported Android devices.
Unlike other OEM, Google’s camera magic lies in the software rather than the hardware. Google’s software game is so good that a lot of devices with triple cameras cannot take photos that would even come anywhere near photos that were taken on a Google Pixel device. Now, since the Google Camera Magic lies in the software, aka APK files, they can be ported to other Android devices too. Don’t get me wrong, OnePlus 7 Pro and OnePlus 7 come with some amazing pair of cameras. But with Google Camera Port for OnePlus 7 Pro and OnePlus 7, they can click even better pictures!
Google Camera Port for OnePlus 7/OnePlus 7 Pro
Google Camera Port (GCam) is available for many Android devices out there. That doesn’t mean it is available for all of them. But, OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro got the Google Camera Port in a matter of days.
OnePlus devices have always been extremely developer friendly. I remember when OnePlus even encouraged people to unlock/root their Android devices. Not many OEMs do that. This is one of the reasons why GCam for OnePlus 7 Pro and OnePlus 7 was possible in such a short period of time.
It is important to note here that the stock camera app that comes pre-installed with the device is in no way a bad one. Honestly, it is one of the phones which take good quality pictures out there, if not great. But it is a known fact that Google packs some black magic in the Google Camera App and it will almost always outperform the stock camera performance. Don’t believe me? Here’s a comparison between photos taken on the stock camera app and the Google Camera App.
OnePlus 7 Pro GCam Samples | Stock Camera vs. Google Camera
Left: OnePlus Camera. Right: Google Camera.
If you want to take a closer look at the images with detail, simply click and open them in full resolution.
If you look at the images above, the difference is day and night. Especially the indoor shots. In low-light scenarios, the Google Camera App performs insanely better than the stock OnePlus Camera App.
Install Google Camera Port on OnePlus 7/OnePlus 7 Pro
As we have already said, this Google Camera Port does not need your OnePlus 7 or OnePlus 7 Pro to be rooted. But, there is one small extra step needed after you install the GCam – loading the proper settings for OnePlus 7 Pro/OnePlus 7 via an XML file. We have explained everything in the step by step guide below:
- Download both the Google Camera APK file and also the Google Camera APK Config file from the downloads section above.
- Move or copy both the files to your device.
- Open a file manager of your choice and inside it create a folder named ‘GCam’ [Must be the exact same. Uppercase/lowercase and everything or else this won’t work].
- Inside the above ‘GCam’ folder, create another folder called ‘Configs’.
- Now, move the XML file inside the Configs folder.
- It’s time to install the Google Camera APK file. Go to the folder where you have copied it before and simply tap on it. Install it like any other APK file.
- After the installation completes, open the Google Camera and grant all the required permissions.
- Double Tap the black area next to the shutter button and you will get a popup called ‘Choose config’. Simply tap on ‘RESTORE‘. Note: The XML file name in the below image is simply for reference.
Now you are all set to click some fantastic pictures with your OnePlus 7 Pro/OnePlus 7. The XML file you just used is nothing but a bunch of pre-defined configurations/settings for the Google Camera App to work properly on your device. Since the settings part is taken care of, you can jump ahead to shooting awesome pictures with your device!
This is the easiest way to download and install Google Camera Port (GCam) on OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro. We are absolutely positive that the photos taken with Google Camera would be noticeably better than the ones taken with Stock OnePlus camera.
If you happen to come across any difficulties with installing the OnePlus 7 Pro GCam or having a hard time with configuring it, do let us know in the comments below. Also, don’t forget to tell us what you think about the quality of pictures taken with the Google Camera App!