The launch of Google Pixel and Pixel XL came along with a number of new features as well as apps that are actually exclusive to the new lineup.
However, thanks to some shrewd thinking developers, it is now possible to get some of these features up and running on the 2015 Google Nexus 6P and its cheaper brother Nexus 5X. Some of the features that have already found their way to these two devices are the Google Assistant and the Google Camera v4.2.
One feature that has been hailed as the best on the Google Pixel and Pixel XL is the camera. According to industry pros DxOMark, the 12.3MP snapper on the back of the phones has a score of 89, which is slightly better than the 88 score recorded by the magnificent Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. From the look of the specs and features of the snapper, you will not be convinced that this indeed true, however, most of the tricks are accessible via the Google Camera app v4.2 that comes preinstalled on the Google Pixel phones.
Like the Google Assistant, this Camera app can be ported to the Google Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X in order to transfer some of its abilities to the 2015 models. However, make sure that your phone is installed with Android Nougat, at least.
So, what the Google Camera v4.2 brings to the Google Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X? For starters, you get an app that comes with shooting grids. This feature can be activated through an option that lives beside the flash and HDR buttons. You get three grids namely the Golden Ratio, a 3 x 3 grid as well as a 4 x 4 grid.
The latest Google Camera 4.2 also comes with an option to lock the focus and exposure of the app. All you need is to long-press the screen and that’s it. When taking a photo, you can lock the focus on a specific area by long-pressing the screen at that point and by so doing, an exposure slider will show up on the side of the display. The app further adds a bunch of new animations as well as more options within the settings menu.
If you have previously used the company’s Camera app, you will for sure notice that the new Google Camera 4.2 is a lot faster than the predecessors.
Have you tried the new Google Camera app v4.2 on your Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X or any other Android 7.0 Nougat device? Please feel free to share your experience with us through the comments.