Google’s flagship phone Pixel 2 was launched by the company in October 2017 is leading category of smartphones with the best camera quality. With the help of Google’s enhanced camera software and hardware combination, the smartphone is able to capture the best clicks. Among all the new camera features added by the tech giant, Portrait Mode is the most popular one. Unfortunately, the Portrait mode was the only features that weren't ported to any other smartphones until now. A new APK has been released that trigger the Pixel 2’s Portrait mode on other Google devices and also on some of the Non- Google phones running on Android Oreo.
NX V7.3 is the app that enables the other Google phones such as Google Pixel (2016) & Pixel XL, Nexus 6P, and Nexus 5X to use the portrait mode feature in the camera. Along with this, the APK also claims to make available all the Pixel 2 camera features to the other Google devices. The app was reported by Chromeloop and the app is responsible for switching on the Pixel Detector (PD) in the camera. An experiment2017 library which ultimately triggers the Portrait Mode. Then the app finally replaces the Lens Blur mode in the camera app with Portrait Mode.
In addition to this XDA developers also reported that one of its senior developers has further modified the NX V7.3 to port the Pixel 2 Portrait Mode to Non - Google smartphones. After testing, the XDA team found that the APK can also activate the Portrait mode on Non- Google smartphones such as Xiaomi Mi 5/5s on LineageOS 15, OnePlus 3 and 3T on OxygenOS 5, Moto G5s Plus and even on Samsung Galaxy Note 8 running on Android Oreo beta. Initially, the APK was only able to activate the Portrait Mode in rear camera, but after some time XDA posted the second set of APK that enables the Portrait mode also for the front-facing camera.
Charles Chow, the developer of the original APK has mentioned that the app also adds the retouching feature to the images clicked from both front and rear camera clicked images. However, some features like Help and Feedback in settings will be disabled due to the black screen problem in Pixel 2 Portrait Mode.
Akash Singh Chauhan is a senior writer at MobileAppDaily and he mainly covers all the latest happenings and tweaks in mobile app technology. Being an Engineering graduate he is always compelled to the technology and tries to discover new trends in the tech world. Along with any tech news he also never misses a single episode of ‘Dragon Ball’.Follow