That Sun Beam live wallpaper found on the stock Android HTC One and Galaxy S4 may be trending, but the new camera app that comes preloaded on those devices, the same one we saw on Android 4.3 on a Nexus 4, is what many were actually after, and now it’s available for download as well.
The new camera app includes an updated interface, with the main difference being that the camera options are now laid out in a half circle that makes them more easily accessible. Google has also added a timer mode, with the option to select between 1 sec to 60 second intervals, and when you take a photo, you get a huge countdown on the screen that looks pretty nice. Oh, and the volume buttons now act as a shutter key, so you can press either volume key to take a picture.
Well, that’s about it for the changes. The camera’s APK can be downloaded from the link below – installing it will replace your current camera and gallery app if you’re using a Nexus device, otherwise show a separate gallery and camera icon. The best part? Anyone can now use features such as HDR mode and the Photosphere panorama mode, the latter of which was exclusive to only Nexus devices till now.
The app has been tested to work on the Galaxy S2/S3/S4, HTC One, Galaxy Note 2, and on a Nexus 4, but it should work on mostly any device out there running Android 4.1 or 4.2. So go ahead and try it out.
Download APK (com.google.android.gallery3d.apk, 16MB)
- Download the APK file using the download link above. If you are using a download manager on your PC, the file may have downloaded as a zip file. In that case, rename it to .APK from .zip after downloading.
- Transfer the APK to your device.
- You’ll need a file manager to access your storage and the APK file. ES File Explorer is a good free option.
- Enable manual installation of apps by checking the Unknown sources option in Settings » Security on your device.
- Open the file manager, browse to where you copied the APK.
- Tap on the file to start installation, keep clicking Next and then Install to begin installation.
- Once installation is complete, you can open the camera by hitting its icon in the app drawer. If you’re on a non-Nexus device, it should show up as a separate icon than the default camera shortcut.