We have seen that the latest smartphones from Google were launched last year in the month of October and the smartphones have been named as the Google Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL. Now, Google launched their first smartphone series in 2016 that was entirely designed and developed by Google and the smartphones were called as the Pixel and Pixel XL. These were also the first smartphones to be launched in the Pixel series and the smartphones were marketed by the company as “Made by Google” products. Talking about the release of the Pixel lineup of smartphones by Google, it was also confirmed that Google will not be releasing any new Nexus smartphone which was an iconic lineup of smartphones that was the flagship release from Google every year.
In terms of Nexus lineup of smartphones. Google released the Nexus 5x and the Nexus 6p in 2015 which eventually and incidentally became the last Nexus smartphones to be released by Google. Now, the Nexus lineup was always known to have the best of Stock Android experience which Google intends to be seen on all the smartphones running Android. However, that is not possible as Android is an open-source OS and OEMs have been developing their own skins which make the Android OS heavier then what Google develops for their smartphones.
However, we have seen that the Pixel and the Pixel 2 series which were released by Google in the past couple of years after the abandonment of Nexus lineup has been seen as the smartphones that offer the best overall Android experience that no other OEM can offer currently as Google optimizes each and every aspect of the software in terms of the hardware as it is developed first hand by the company that has also developed Android operating system
Talking about the optimization aspect from Google on their previous Nexus devices as well as the current Pixel lineup of devices, we had already seen that the Nexus 6p and the Nexus 5x were already having a much-improved camera on the smartphone that was arguably one of the best cameras on any smartphone in 2015 if not the best. Later in 2016, Google released the first Pixel smartphones which were termed as having the best camera on a smartphone that year but it came second to the camera on the Apple iPhones.
However, Google released the Pixel 2 series last year and improving the camera from the previous years, Google delivered the best camera on any smartphone that also comfortably beat the Apple iPhone 8 series as well as the iPhone X. Now, this was due to the fact that Google added software touches to the camera long with Artificial intelligence that the company has been working for a long time. This made it possible for Google to add Portrait Mode on the Pixel 2 even though the smartphone had only a single camera. This means that the bokeh effect was gained with the help of software on the Pixel 2 and we have seen that it is the best implementation of Portrait Mode that we have seen on any smartphone in 2017.
Apart from the Portrait Mode, Google also added augmented reality features on its smartphone which were the AR Stickers. Talking about AR Stickers, we can add characters from the Stranger Things and Star Wars to any video with the help of augmented reality which will give the feeling that the object is present in real life. You can see the AR Stickers in action by watching the video attached below
Now, many of the Pixel and Nexus users have been wondering if they can get the camera features on the Pixel 2 to their smartphones and the answer to that question is an affirmative one.
First of all, we have to thank XDA Senior Member Charles_l for all the effort he has put into porting the important features of the Google Pixel 2 to the Google Pixel, Nexus 6p and the Nexus 5x. Talking about the port, this is all with the help of Google Camera mod, called Camera NX which has been developed by Charles and it has now been made available to the users of the aforementioned devices. Now, you will need to head down below so that you can understand the steps to be followed to install the Pixel 2 camera on the Nexus 6p, Nexus 5x and the Google Pixel smartphones
- Download Google Camera NX v7.3 port for Google Pixel, Nexus 6p and Nexus 5x
- Download ARCore Mod
- Download ARSticker Mod
Own a non-Google phone? Check out the following tutorial:
Steps to get Google Pixel 2’s Portrait Mode on Google Pixel, Nexus 6P, and 5X
- Now, you have to download the file attached to the Downloads section above.
- Once downloaded, you will have to install the apk file as any normal app on your smartphone
- After this, open the installed app and you will see the Portrait Mode feature available in your camera.
Steps to get AR Stickers from Google Pixel 2 on Google Pixel, Nexus 6P, and 5X
- In order to get the Pixel 2’s ARStickers on your Pixel, Nexus 6p and 5x, download the ARCore Mod and the ARSticker MOD attached to the Downloads section above.
- After that, install both the files as normal application and get the Augmented Reality features from Pixel 2 on your Google Pixel, Nexus 6p and Nexus 5x
Make sure to try the application and comment below if you have any problems with the installation