You Can Install the Improved Android 4.3 Camera App on Most Android Phones


Here’s some good news for the smartphone photographers out there who are sick of all the iPhone-only news that seems to flow down the pipeline daily. It turns out that anybody with an Android 4.0 and later phone can install a copy of the superior Android 4.3 camera app without even having to root their phone.

The news comes to us from Android Authority, who discovered that the app — which was speculated to be released for Android 4.3 but somehow made it onto the Google Play editions of the Galaxy S4 and HTC One — could be installed on any Android 4.0 or later phone.

The APK file has been pulled out of those phones and made available to anybody who would like to install it, just like any other app, and have all of the new features that their native camera apps may not offer.


For Android 4.0 and 4.1 users, that means the addition of Photo Spheres. For everyone, that means the ability to use the volume rocker as a shutter button, and a new settings menu which allows you to switch between flash modes, choose the front or rear camera, adjust white balance, and mess with shutter speed.

Several mirrors have been set up where you can download this APK file, and the best part is that it doesn’t seem to need you to root your phone. Just download the file, transfer it onto your phone and install it.

Depending on your hardware, certain features may or may not work, and there’s a possibility you’ll have a new camera and gallery app added to your phone in addition to the ones already on there, but if it works, you can just delete the old ones. Click here to head over to Android Authority for more info and download links.

(via Lifehacker)

  • 9inchnail

    Photosphere doesn’t work on my Galaxy S2 Plus. Too bad. Sometimes the autofocus seems to be off or just can’t focus at all.

  • 3ric15

    Yeah, I tried Photosphere a while ago on AOKP and it didn’t work (I have the AT&T GSII)

  • Ygor Oliveira

    Good, worked nice on my Galaxy S3

  • rambo

    dose not work smoothly on my gs3,gallery crashes sometimes and photosphere is buggy …not able to revolve it properly….also low resolution pics

  • darth

    works flawlessly on gs3

  • Yo

    Why would you need to root your phone for this? We’re not talking Apple here.

  • Theranthrope

    “Unapproved” APKs are an Android EULA “no-no” (which include “old” versions of apps); as we must be “protected” from installing not-sucky versions of apps.

    Although, as bad as the “walled garden” of the Fisher Price Fone (where apps can be retroactively removed by the ghost of Steve Jobs).

  • 9inchnail

    Has there ever been a version of Android that did not allow installing apps from unknown sources? Most of the time it’s just deactivated. It has always been possible.

  • Walkop

    I’m pretty sure Android doesn’t even HAVE a EULA.

  • David

    Oh feck! On the SGS3 it deletes all your existing camera photos/videos! BEWARE!!

  • Rad Raph

    Use Quickpic. You will find your pics

  • Graf Almassy

    Works well on Samsung Galaxy S Advance (GT-9070) with 4.1.2. Jelly Bean. But the 360° panorama feature is a little bit lame (inaccurate stitching).

  • levitor

    Damn Love the sphere feature but HDR doesnt work on my GS4
    The rest works perfecto!

  • Andrey Pshenichnikov

    Can the camera save photos to External SD card on your phone?

  • Graf Almassy

    Sorry, I don’t know because I instantly backing up my photos to my Nexus 7 and PC and only keeps the shrinked photos, so the internal memory is far enough for me.

    But the Samsung’s camera app is smarter than the 4.3 stock camera, I don’t use it anymore.

  • iibasarah

    Photosphere and HDR Not working on Lenovo S920.too bad..

  • srijan

    i love to use instaglass app to edit my photos…it works wonderfully.