Google’s Pixel’s camera is among the best smartphone cameras available on the market, partly because of Google’s proprietary HDR+ image processing. Quite simply, HDR+ takes multiple underexposed photos and combines them, reducing image noise along the way (read much more about it here). But even if your Google Camera was sideloaded onto other devices, HDR+ continued to be disabled.
A Ukrainian developer on 4PDA named ‘B-S-G,’ presumably a Battlestar Galactica fan, has produced an altered form of google’s Camera 4.4 APK bundled with Android O DP3 (and not the version just released around the Play Store). The modified build enables HDR+ for just about any device using the Hexagon 680 ISP or better, including anything using the Snapdragon 820, 821, or 835 processor.
Left: HDR+ served by OnePlus 3 Right: HDR+ up with OnePlus 3 (credit: XDA)
As I personally don’t own any devices with individuals chips (except my Pixel), XDA verified it labored around the OnePlus 3/3T, LG G6, OnePlus 5, and Universe S8. The application has additionally been individually verified by Amir Zaidi at XDA, who found no malicious code when evaluating it towards the original application.
Interestingly, there are many references to “muskie” within the modified code, that was the codename for Google’s cancelled third 2017 Pixel device. Presumably, the application is tricked into thinking it’s running around the unreleased Pixel. If you wish to check out the APK on your own, it’s been mirrored here.